Delight man pleads guilty to brother’s murder

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

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

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


Nashville School District considers outsourcing cafeterias

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

NJHS students now Microsoft Office Specialists

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


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

Nashville baseball, softball start next week

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

Scrappers, Scrapperettes both headed to state tournament

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

Scrapperettes third in district, prepare for regional

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

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

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

Nashville cheerleaders tell of championship season at Rotary meeting

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

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

Mine Creek Revelations: Lindy’s nite flite

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

Obituaries (week of Feb. 24, 2014)

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

Standing Miracle: Washington’s story presented at local church

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

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


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

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

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

Lockesburg Elementary School will be close after this school year

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

PT department at hospital offers variety of services

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

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

Howard County Circuit Court

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

Baseball camp set March 8

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


Scrapperettes improve defense in win over Baptist

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

Scrappers get OT win over Baptist

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

Nashville seniors honored

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

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

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

Mine Creek Revelations: Whiteside Hall

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


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

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

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

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

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


Howard County Democrats to host congressional candidate

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

NHS FBLA conducting special fund-raiser for Children’s Hospital

The Future Business Leaders of America chapter at Nashville High School is conducting a fund-raiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
FBLA members are preparing a presentation for the Class 4A South Regional basketball tournament in Scrapper Arena to increase awareness of the hospital. The presentation will consist of names of kids of all ages, pictures and procedures completed at Children’s.
FBLA members also are asking for names of Nashville graduates to be included in the presentation.
Members say that after seeing how many Nashville residents have been touched by ACH, they are going to ask the crowd for donations.
To submit names and pictures, contact Terri McJunkins at Nashville High School or Karen Dawson at Nashville Junior High.
Pictures may also be e-mailed to Dawson at

HMH Foundation gala Saturday, March 29

The annual Howard Memorial Hospital Gala will be held Saturday, March 29, at the Futrell Marine Warehouse in Nashville.
The theme will be “A Glamorous Gala,” and the event will reflect the 1920s style seen in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Tickets for the event are $125 each.
The gala is sponsored by the HMH Foundation.

Hospital to sponsor blood drive Feb. 25

Howard Memorial Hospital will sponsor a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hospital.
Everyone who attempts a donation will receive a thank you gift. Every person who donates will receive a free T-shirt and have his or her name entered into a drawing for other prizes.
Call 870-845-8006 to schedule a time.

Planning underway for HCCC annual bass tournament

Planning will soon be underway for the 28th annual Husqvarna Bass Tournament which benefits the Howard County Children’s Center.
The tournament date is Saturday, April 12.
The first planning meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 13 at the Liz Bell Learning Center on the HCCC campus. The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m.
The tournament is on Lake Greeson, and entry fee is $80 for each two-man boat. First place prize is $2,000 cash.
Persons wishing to reserve boat positions early should contact Shada Driver at the center, 870-845-1211.
The bass tournament is one of the top three fund-raising projects which benefit the center for developmentally disabled children and adults.

HoCo court held at 2 locations for busy docket

Criminal court activities took to two venues, last Wednesday, the regular day for criminal court in Howard County.
Judge Tom Cooper heard motions and pleas in the District Court courtroom in the City-County Building. At the same time, Judge Charles Yeargan presided over a jury trial in the upstairs courtroom at the courthouse.
In the courthouse, a jury was selected by mid-morning, and the trial of Christopher R. Vaughn, 34, black male, De Queen, got underway. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, a class B felony, and resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license, both misdemeanors.
Vaughn had resisted a plea bargain offer from Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir, preferring his chances before 12 jurors.
That was a mistake.
The jury retired to weigh Vaughn’s fate at 3:50 p.m., and returned with a guilty verdict in 35 minutes.
Then, the jury took only another 35 minutes to decide upon Vaughn’s sentence. His offer from the prosecutor had been eight years, but the jury handed him the maximum — 40 years with a $15,000 fine, also the maximum. The jury found him not guilty on the resisting arrest charge, and the driving on a suspended license charge was not pursued.
Pleas taken
across the street
In the District Court courtroom, Judge Cooper sentenced one defendant, and took ‘not true’ pleas from defendants in three probation revocation trials.
The guilty plea was by Jason Pettit, 35, white male, Hope, who was charged with a pair of class D felonies — possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced under ‘deferred adjudication,’ meaning that if he meets the terms of his drug court sentence he will not have to serve five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC). He will, however, have to pay the $1,000 fine plus court costs within 180 days as a part of drug court.
Probation trial dates were set for three defendants.
Rebecca Dawson, 46, white female, Nashville, is charged with failure to meet the terms of her probation on a February 2013 conviction for possession of a controlled substance by fraud, a class D felony. Her trial date was set for April 23.
An April 9 trial date was set for Cowan Fritts 32, white male, Nashville, for alleged failure to meet the terms on his February 2009 conviction for theft of property and driving on a suspended license. On the same date he faces trial on separate charges.
A not true plea was given by Maudell Gamble, 57, black female, Nashville, charged with failure to meet the terms of her probation on a February 2009 conviction for theft of public benefits, a class B felony. Her trial date was set for April 9.
One continuance was granted. Public defender Greg Vardaman was appointed to represent four defendants.


Nashville church to host ‘A Standing Miracle’ Sunday

Immanuel Baptist Church of Nashville will host “A Standing Miracle,” a dramatic portrayal by Judge Josh Morriss, Sunday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m.
The program will present President George Washington’s view of God’s hand in United States history, according to Immanuel pastor Rev. Paul Bullock.
Morriss is chief justice of Texas’ Sixth Court of Appeals.

Nashville Basketball

Scrappers pound Panthers

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
They had to wait until Saturday afternoon to play, but the Nashville Scrappers routed the Ashdown Panthers 76-53 at Scrapper Arena in a District 7-4A game that was postponed from Friday night because of the weather. The girls game between Nashville and Ashdown went on as scheduled.
Between the third and fourth quarter of the girls game, Superintendent Doug Graham announced that the boys game would be postponed until Saturday because of hazardous conditions between Nashville and Ashdown.
The start of Saturday’s game was delayed nearly an hour because officials faced icy conditions around central Arkansas on their way to Nashville.
After the game started, the Scrappers were clearly in control, leading 18-10 after the first quarter and 41-32 at halftime.
Freshman Darius Hopkins played in his first high school game following the conclusion of the junior high season Thursday night. He responded with 17 points and was the third leading scorer on the team.
Brandon Shamrock was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points. Cameron Alexander was next with 18, followed by LaMichael Pettway with 10.
Nashville outscored Ashdown 25-10 in the third quarter, and the mercy rule was in effect for much of the second half.
Alexander led the Scrappers in rebounds with 8, followed by Shamrock and Pettway with 5 each. Nashville recorded 26 rebounds against the Panthers.
Pettway was the team’s assist leader with 14.
For the night, the Scrappers hit almost 70 percent of their shots from the field. They were 3 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line, and they hit 13 of 20 free throws.
Saturday was a good afternoon for blocked shots by Shamrock, as the Scrapper senior blocked 4 of the Panthers’ scoring attempts.
Nashville was scheduled to play at Malvern Tuesday night, weather permitting.
The final home game of the regular season will be Friday night as the Scrappers host Arkansas Baptist. Friday will be Senior Night at Scrapper Arena.
The District 7-4A tournament will be played next week in Nashville.
Scrapper Arena will host the Class 4A South regional Feb. 24-March 1.
The Scrappers played the ranked Arkadelphia Badgers close throughout the night but fell 65-54 Feb. 4 in Nashville.
When the teams met last month in Arkadelphia, the Badgers unleashed a barrage of 3-point shots and made 9 of them on their way to a 73-36 win over the Scrappers. Last week, Arkadelphia hit 3 of 3 shots from 3-point range.
The contest was close throughout, with the Badgers leading 23-20 after the first quarter and 27-24 at halftime.
Alexander led the Scrappers with 18 points, followed by Shamrock with 15, Pettway with 11 and Trey Hughes with 10.

Jr. Scrapperettes wrap up season with 2 wins

The Nashville Junior High Scrapperettes wrapped up their season with two straight wins over Ashdown.
The Scrapperettes traveled to Ashdown Feb. 6 and came home with a 37-22 win.
Asia Munn led Nashville with 15 points, followed by Alyssa Harrison with 7, Kendall Kirchhoff and Kaylea Carver with 6 each and Hannah White with 3.
Carver was the leading rebounder with 7. White had 6, followed by Munn with 5.
Kirchhoff, Carver and Harrison recorded 3 steals each.
Kesterson and Kirchhoff had 3 assists each.
The junior girls played Ashdown Jan. 30 at Scrapper Arena and defeated the Lady Panthers 34-16
White was the leading scorer with 9, followed by Munn with 8. Kacey Hinds scored 5, Kirchhoff and Harrison ahd 4 each, and Carver and Gabi Dougan had 2 each.
Kirchhoff led the Scrapperettes with 11 rebounds; White had 5.
Munn and Kirchhoff led the team in steals with 4 each.

Scrapperettes pick up 2 district wins

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes picked up District 7-4A wins over Ashdown and Arkadelphia last week at Scrapper Arena.
Snow was falling when the Scrapperettes and Ashdown tipped off Friday night. By the end of the game, the ground was covered and Nashville had a 62-30 win.
The Scrapperettes jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 32-16 at halftime.
Shayla Wright was on fire from 3-point range, where she hit 5 shots. She also added a 2-pointer to lead the team in scoring with 17 points.
Maddi Horton added 12, with 10 from Timya Sanders, 8 from Kassidy Snowden and 7 from Kee Kee Richardson. LaTrice Wiley, Tiyonna Garland and Karie Porter rounded out the Scrapperette scoring.
Nashville was scheduled to visit Malvern Tuesday night, weather permitting.
Senior Night will be Friday, the final home game of the regular season. The Scrapperettes will host Arkansas Baptist.
The District 7-4A tournament will be played in Nashville next week, followed by the Class 4A South Regional Feb. 24-March 1.
The Scrapperettes defeated Arkadelphia 45-30 Feb. 4 behind 17 points from Sanders. Wright scored 12, with 11 from Snowden.


Booster Club raises $15,000 at Scrapper Showdown

“BACK HOME.” J.B. Grimes, offensive line coach at Auburn University, speaks at the Scrapper Showdown. Grimes began his coaching career in Nashville and said he was “back home” Saturday night.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapper Booster Club raised $15,000 at the Scrapper Showdown Saturday night at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria, according to Gaye Graham from the Booster Club. About 200 people attended the fund-raiser.
“This is the best we’ve ever done,” Graham said Sunday. “Thanks so much for area merchants who donated items for the auction and to all who came out to support Scrapper athletics.”
Proceeds from the Showdown will benefit all aspects of the athletic programs at junior high and high school, Graham said. The Booster Club will use part of the money to provide state championship rings for the Scrapper cheerleaders, order an endzone video camera system for the football program, purchase an ice machine for Scrapper Arena, and help with travel expenses for basketball, track, softball and baseball.
The Showdown featured a barbecue dinner, live and silent auctions, a raffle, Heads or Tails game, basketball shoot and music by Mike Eudy, elementary school art teacher.
Auburn University offensive line coach J.B. Grimes was the speaker for the showdown. He began his coaching career in 1977 as an assistant with the Scrappers after graduating from Henderson State. Grimes coached at a number of Division I and Division II schools before joining Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State in 2012. When Malzahn became head coach at Auburn in 2013, Grimes moved with him as offensive line coach.
“J.B. is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country,” Coach Billy Dawson said as he introduced the speaker. “Auburn had a great year. They had the best O-line in the country and got better every week.”
“It’s great to be home,” Grimes said. “My career started in Nashville. My wife and I are building a home here.” Grimes is married to the former Jennifer Graves of Nashville.
“I loved it here. I want to come back home when I retire,” Grimes said, noting that he is “not retiring now.”
“You’ve got spmething special here in Nashville. There’s obvious pride in what you do in the athletic department. When I come back to town with this kind of turnout, that’s special. You don’t see this everywhere,” Grimes said.
Grimes said that when he was on the staff at Arkansas from 1989-92, “The school had good football and good basketball teams. “They fed off each other. In Nashville, I look over and see your new arena. Wow! That’s big time. It shows a commitment to every sport.”
Last year, Auburn “did something that’s never been done before – go from 3-9 the year before to playing for the national championship,” Grimes said. “Back in August, if anybody had said we’ll give you seven wins, we would have taken it.”
When the new staff took over at Auburn, “There was an accountability problem and an entitlement problem,” Grimes said. “Discipline is what you do for somebody, not to somebody. We don’t need to forget that. The accountability problem that we faced was something we had to overcome with a velvet hammer. You don’t have to get mad to get your point across.”
Grimes said the team was moved back into a dorm, and one player said he wasn’t moving back. The response was, “‘That’s fine, but you won’t play football at Auburn.’ He understood. We had to teach that we’re all in this together.”
Grimes said Auburn “had some luck during the course of the season. I’ve been associated with 12 championship teams, and they had two common denominators. They always had a good quarterback, and they always had some luck. When you’re lucky and good, that equates into championships. We were 13 seconds short in the national championship game.”
Auburn pulled off stunning wins over Georgia and Alabama to advance to the title game. “The Alabama game – it’s crazy what happened. That never happens,” Grimes said. “Our kids put themselves in the position where one play made the difference. These guys wanted to be coached.”
Grimes said there seven things he looks for in an offensive lineman. “Is he big enough? Is he strong enough? Is he quick enough? Is he balanced enough? Is he smart enough? Does he have character? Does he have toughness?
“You can take any two of the first five and add character and toughness and have a good player. You can’t do without good character people with toughness,” Grimes said.
Following his comments, Grimes visited with a number of friends, and items in the live and silent auctions received one last look from those at the Showdown.
The live auction quickly became quite competitive as auctioneer Todd Morris kept a close watch on the bids, with help from Dawson.
The top seller was a University of Alabama football autographed by Coach Nick Saban. Jason Harrison bought the ‘Bama football, along with autographed footballs from Auburn and the Razorbacks.
Some of the other items included Captain for a Day, bought by Kathy Brown; Cheerleader for a Day, bought by Dickie Hendry; reserved parking spot for next season at Scrapper Stadium, John Stinnett; reserved parking spot for the rest of this season and next at Scrapper Arena, Gary Dan Futrell; Scrapper quilt, Woody Futrell.
Jim Hamilton won a big-screen color TV in the Heads or Tails game. Cameron Alexander was the winner of the iPad Mini in the basketball shoot.


L.V. “Jack” Harding
L.V. (Jack) Harding went to meet his Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.
He was the third child of Vic and Mary Ella Harding, born Feb. 26, 1929 in Center Point, Ark.
Married to the love of his life, Viola Harding, on June 10, 1950 for 63 years. They had two children, Johnny Harding of Nashville, and Beverly Conway and husband, Bobby, also of Nashville. Five grandchildren, Kyle Harding of Texarkana, Holly Harding Smith of Little Rock, Blake Harding, Natasha Conway and Donta Conway all of Nashville. Three great-grandchildren, Taylor and Brice Harding of Texarkana, and Dawson Smith of Little Rock.
Mr. Harding was preceded in death by two brothers, Oliver Perry Harding of Malvern, and Joe Lee Harding of Nashville. Also, one sister, Beatrice Hearnsburger of Camden. He is survived by two sisters, Doris Lingo of Nashville, and Katheryn Story of Shreveport, La., and one brother, Estle Harding, of Daisy, Ark.
Jack worked at Case Nashville making pocketknives until 1977; then Weyerhaeuser for 17 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Center Point Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. He was also a member of the Center Point Fire Department and the Center Point Renewal. He spent most of his entire life pruning, thinning, and picking peaches. He also loved working in his large garden.
Services were Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Center Point Baptist Church. Interment followed in Center Point Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family receiveed friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to Memorials may be made to the Center Point Fire Department, the Center Point Renewal, or to the Center Point Baptist Church.
Peggy Louise Byers Lee
Peggy Louise Byers Lee, 81, of Hot Springs Village, died Feb. 1, 2014.
Survivors include: Lester W. (Bob) Lee; four children, Debra, Robert, Carla and Adam; a sister, Essie Deen; a brother, Silas Byers, Jr.; and grandchildren.
Visitation was Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with burial following at the Mineral Springs Cemetery.
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John David Hill
John David Hill, 71, of Texarkana, Ark., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 in Dallas, Texas.
He was born Oct. 19, 1942 in Nashville, Ark., to the late J.B. and Faustine Hill.
He was an associate of Texarkana Insurance Agency for 29 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Ark., was an Eagle Scout and was a past president of the Texarkana Jaycees. He was a Rotarian.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Ann Andres, and a brother, Jim Hill.
Survivors include: his daughters, Kelly Hill of Little Rock, Kris Hill of Texarkana, and Kasey Hill of Dallas; a sister, Ree Cunningham of Springdale; and a grandson.
Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Texarkana Funeral Home, Texas.
A memorial service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, Ark.
James T. Riley, Jr.
James T. (Jim) Riley, Jr., 62, of Mineral Springs, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in Mineral Springs.
He was born Oct. 8, 1951, the son of the late Truman Riley and Maxine Markham Riley.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Tyrone Riley.
Survivors include: his wife of 25 years, Ima Lynn Riley; a daughter, Tina Cothren and husband, Mike of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Mike Riley of Bossier City, La., and Rod Riley of Delight; two sisters, Kathy McKinney of Murfreesboro, and Brenda Callaway of Arkadelphia; also, a grandchild.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Murfreesboro Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
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Alton Watts
Alton Watts, 84, of Delight, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Arrangements are pending with Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.


Local football standouts ink with OBU, HSU

Scrapper Head Coach Billy Dawson flanked by LT Muldrow and Cameron Alexander

Two Nashville Scrappers signed national letters-of-intent during NCAA National Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 5
Offensive lineman Cameron Alexander signed with Ouachita Baptist University.
Defensive lineman LT Muldrow signed with Henderson State University.

Outlaw phenom kicker Curtis Sebren, shown here flanked by his parents, James and Anita Sebren, signed a football scholarship agreement with Henderson State University, Wednesday morning. Standing at back are, from left coaches Jeff Tipton, Brad Bray, head coach David Bennett and Stephen Sprick.

The high school and junior high school student bodies at Dierks packed one side of the gymnasium, Wednesday morning, to cheer a local football hero as he signed a scholarship offer from Henderson State University.
Curtis Sebren, a record-setting kicker for the Outlaws, thanked his parents, coaches, the school administration and his teammates when he gave a brief address following the signing. Sebren signed as he sat at a table decorated with Henderson Reddie items in the center of the gymnasium floor. He was flanked by his parents, James and Anita Sebren.
The Nashville Leader will have more on the signings in the Feb. 12 print edition.

Nashville Chamber of Commerce presents host of awards

MAN OF THE YEAR. A fixture at community events such as the chamber banquet is Man of the Year Bob Cargile. The award was presented by last year’s winner, Sheriff Butch Morris.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. Former State Sen. Neely Cassady is joined by his wife, Nina, at the end of the annual chamber awards banquet Monday night in Nashville.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR. Nashville Senior Outreach worker and senior volunteer Vivian Wright and her husband, Charles, talk before the banquet. Anna Blase, 2013 recipient, presented the award.

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
There were many standing ovations and some misty eyes Monday night at the annual awards banquet of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
At the banquet, Mary Woodruff of The Printshop officially succeeded Wendy Haddan of Bell’s Vision Center as president of the chamber board.
Among the standing ovations were those for Man of the Year, Bob Cargile, and Woman of the Year, Vivian Wright.
Cargile is a fixture at the chamber banquet and other community gatherings, providing music from his mental musical repertoire and electronic keyboard. Sheriff Butch Morris, winner of the award last year, noted that Cargile was an East Texas Aggie – “But we don’t hold that against him” – who came to Nashville when the chainsaw manufacturing plant moved here from Shreveport. “I never expected we’d live in Nashville 27 years,” the recipient said.
Last year’s winner, Anna Blase, presented the Woman of the Year award to Wright who was cited for her tireless work on behalf of senior citizens and disabled persons. Wright is also an elected member of the Nashville City Council. She is also the third African-American woman to win the award. Previous black winners were the late Edna Benson and the late Voncille Bullock.
The misty eyes occurred during presentation of Memorial Recognition Awards by Sen. Larry Teague. Family members of the deceased honorees were on hand to accept the plaques. Fondly remembered were former senator and representative Jim Hill; former school superintendent and coach Dwight Jones; and former basketball coach and teacher Willie Click. All of the men died during 2013.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to former Sen. Neely Cassady who was saluted for his influence in economic development for the area as a businessman and as a legislator.
Shirley Hamilton is still serving on the board of directors of the chamber of commerce, and she was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime presence on Main Street and in the business community with Quality Shoe Store.
The Orange and Black Education Award went to James “Bunch” Nichols, athletic director and director of transportation for Nashville schools. The award was presented by last year’s winner, Superintendent Doug Graham. Nichols was cited for his interest in Nashville students and athletes long after their graduation. Nichols is “an adopted Scrapper,” Graham said, who still gets Father’s Day telephone calls from his former students.
Two New Building Awards were presented for buildings completed during 2013. They included the new Nashville High School basketball arena, and the Howard Memorial Hospital medical offices building.
Donny Woods accepted the Remodeled Building Award for Woods and Woods Public Accountants.
Nashville police patrolman Casey Parker, representing the department which won the Community Heroes Award last year, presented the re-named Community Spirit Award to the organization of Nashville police officers wives for their work raising funds for cancer research and cancer victims through the Relay for Life. The group calls itself “COWS” which stands for City Officers Wives. Accepting the award were group members Ruth Steely, Beverly Tedford and Valerie Bohn.
Four members of the chamber board completed terms in office and were presented plaques. They were Fred Hintze of Hintze Sound Service, Sandra Jones of Southern Belle Inn, Tim Pinkerton of First State Bank, and Dena Kay Tollett, Husqvarna Outdoor Products. Pinkerton and Tollett also served as president of the chamber board.
New chamber board members were introduced, including: Jenny Westbrook of Westbrook Electric; Deb Bolding of Farmers Market; Dennis Green of Heritage Computers; Kristi Chandler of Red River Federal Credit Union; and Wanda Carter of Ivan Smith Furniture.
Chamber manager Mike Reese gave a review of the chamber’s busy year, and musical selections were performed by Jenny Westbrook, David Riggs and Sydney Pope.
The meal was served as usual by Chapter AM PEO as a community service project. The meal was in the Family Activities Building of First Baptist Church.

300 laptops for Nashville students ordered

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School District has ordered 300 laptops to share between junior high and high school, according to Superintendent Doug Graham.
The district received a guaranteed delivery date on or before March 12, Graham said.  “I hope it’s sooner. I’m anxious to get them in the kids’ hands.”
The Asus touchscreens were approved by the Nashville School Board last month. The devices cost $375 each, for a total purchase price of $112,500.
Ordering the laptops is part of the district’s plan to provide one-to-one devices for students. “I really think that by next year, if we get 600 then we will meet most of our needs” for junior high and high school, Graham said.
Graham will meet with administrators to decide how the computers will be shared between junior high and high school.
The district also plans to provide laptops at elementary and primary school. The initial funding will come through a state Department of Education program to reward schools for improved student achievement.
“The state has approved $26,000 for primary,” Graham said. Funding for elementary is expected shortly. “We’re ready to order them. We’re just waiting on [money for] elementary,” Graham said.
“One of our biggest priorities now is hiring an IT person” to succeed Gayland Hopper, who recently announced his resignation effective March 31. “We have 1,100 computers in the district. The new person will make sure they all work,” Graham said.
Three applications have been received so far. Interviews are expected to begin late this week. “Maybe we will have someone on board when the new computers come in,” Grahsm said.

Turnovers thwart Scrapperettes against conference foes

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes dropped two District 7-4A games last week. Despite the losses, Nashville remains in fourth place in the district standings.
Central Arkansas Christian defeated the Scrapperettes 55-33 Friday night in North Little Rock.
“We had too many turnovers,” Coach Ron Alexander said. The Scrapperettes lost the ball 26 times against the Lady Mustangs.
CAC led 13-11 after the first quarter and 20-15 at halftime. However, the Scrapperettes turned the ball over 12 times in the third quarter, Alexander said. “Turnovers hit early in the third. We went from being 5 points down to 12 points down in a heartbeat. We forced some CAC turnovers, too.”
The Lady Mustangs turned the ball over 17 times, or 27 percent of their possessions. The Scrapperettes turned the ball over on 35 percent of their possessions.
Kassidy Snowden was the Scrapperettes’ leading scorer with 9 points. KeeKee Richardson added 7, followed by Shayla Wright and Maddi Horton with 5 each, Timaya Sanders with 4 and Tiyonna Garland with 3.
The Scrapperettes had trouble scoring, according to Alexander. “It was bad. We had 75 possessions and scored 33 points. CAC had 64 possessions and scored 55 points.”
The Scrapperettes averaged .44 points per possession compared to 1.16 for CAC.
For the game, Nashville shot 45.5 percent from the free throw line, 26 percent from 2-point range and 33 percent from 3-point range.
The Scrapperettes recorded 19 offensive rebounds and 10 defensive rebounds.
Nashville has three regular-season conference games remaining after hosting Arkadelphia Tuesday night.
Ashdown will visit Scrapper Arena Friday night. The Scrapperettes will travel to Malvern Feb. 11 and will host Arkansas Baptist Feb. 14 in the final game of the regular season. The Baptist game will be senior night in Scrapper Arena.
Pulaski Robinson
The Scrapperettes saw a first-half lead evaporate in the second half, and they lost to Pulaski Robinson 29-27.
Nashville led 9-3 after the first quarter and 10-7 at halftime. However, the Lady Senators outscored the Scrapperettes 10-6 in the third quarter and 12-11 in the fourth to seal the win.
Nashville shot 42 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent from the field, hitting only 10 of 34 shots from the field and none from 3-point range.
Sanders was the leading scorer for Nashville with 17 points; followed by Horton with 6, Bailey Walls with 2 and Richardson and Latrice Wiley with a point each.
The Scrapperettes lost 21 turnovers against Robinson, while pulling in 10 offensive rebounds and 20 defensive.

Scrappers rout Robinson, fall to Mustangs

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes dropped two District 7-4A games last week. Despite the losses, Nashville remains in fourth place in the district standings.
Central Arkansas Christian defeated the Scrapperettes 55-33 Friday night in North Little Rock.
“We had too many turnovers,” Coach Ron Alexander said. The Scrapperettes lost the ball 26 times against the Lady Mustangs.
CAC led 13-11 after the first quarter and 20-15 at halftime. However, the Scrapperettes turned the ball over 12 times in the third quarter, Alexander said. “Turnovers hit early in the third. We went from being 5 points down to 12 points down in a heartbeat. We forced some CAC turnovers, too.”
The Lady Mustangs turned the ball over 17 times, or 27 percent of their possessions. The Scrapperettes turned the ball over on 35 percent of their possessions.
Kassidy Snowden was the Scrapperettes’ leading scorer with 9 points. KeeKee Richardson added 7, followed by Shayla Wright and Maddi Horton with 5 each, Timaya Sanders with 4 and Tiyonna Garland with 3.
The Scrapperettes had trouble scoring, according to Alexander. “It was bad. We had 75 possessions and scored 33 points. CAC had 64 possessions and scored 55 points.”
The Scrapperettes averaged .44 points per possession compared to 1.16 for CAC.
For the game, Nashville shot 45.5 percent from the free throw line, 26 percent from 2-point range and 33 percent from 3-point range.
The Scrapperettes recorded 19 offensive rebounds and 10 defensive rebounds.
Nashville has three regular-season conference games remaining after hosting Arkadelphia Tuesday night.
Ashdown will visit Scrapper Arena Friday night. The Scrapperettes will travel to Malvern Feb. 11 and will host Arkansas Baptist Feb. 14 in the final game of the regular season. The Baptist game will be senior night in Scrapper Arena.
Pulaski Robinson
The Scrapperettes saw a first-half lead evaporate in the second half, and they lost to Pulaski Robinson 29-27.
Nashville led 9-3 after the first quarter and 10-7 at halftime. However, the Lady Senators outscored the Scrapperettes 10-6 in the third quarter and 12-11 in the fourth to seal the win.
Nashville shot 42 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent from the field, hitting only 10 of 34 shots from the field and none from 3-point range.
Sanders was the leading scorer for Nashville with 17 points; followed by Horton with 6, Bailey Walls with 2 and Richardson and Latrice Wiley with a point each.
The Scrapperettes lost 21 turnovers against Robinson, while pulling in 10 offensive rebounds and 20 defensive.

Scrapper 2014 football schedule released

The Scrapper football schedule for 2014 was announced Friday.
The Scrappers will open the season Friday, Sept. 5, at Hope.
Three new opponents will be on the schedule as the result of conference re-alignments by the Arkansas Activities Association.
They include Fountain Lake, Waldron and Mena, replacing Central Arkansas Christian, Arkansas Baptist and Pulaski Robinson.
Home games include De Queen, Watson Chapel, Arkadelphia, Waldron and Malvern.
The schedule 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


NHS junior named VP of FBLA; awards presented

AT FBLA CONFERENCE. New District IV President/State Vice President Rachel Dawson of Nashville High School visits the outgoing District IV President/State Vice President Addison Womack of Murfreesboro High School Jan. 30 in Hot Springs.

FBLA AWARDS. Nashville High School who received awards at last week’s district FBLA meeting include Braden Bowman, Luke Dawson, Alex Kwok, Camille Dale, Lydia Gaddis, Caleb Glann and Rachel Dawson, who was also named District IV president.

By Jana Copeland
Leader staff
Nashville High School had many students compete in the District Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Conference. This was held at the Summit Convention Center in Hot Springs on Jan. 29.
Of those students, several received first place. Braden Bowman, a senior, competed in impromptu speaking and won first prize. “They give you a prompt and you have 10 minutes to plan a 4-minute speech. I was to discuss ‘the importance of corporate/company participation in community service projects,’” he said.
Luke Dawson, also a senior, competed in Public Speaking II and received first place. He wrote a speech entitled “Business like Bacteria” and practiced it in front of his family to prepare for his competition. “Winning gave me confidence about my speaking skills. I have spoken in public before, but to be named a winner by the judges is a great honor.”
Rachel Dawson, a junior at NHS, competed and received first place in Business Procedures. Lydia Gaddis, senior, won first place in Job Interview, and Alex Kwok, a senior, received first in Database.
Not only did Dawson win first in her category of competition, she was also voted the District 4 FBLA President, as well as the State FBLA Vice President. “I had to prepare a week in advance with signs, candy, and a trifold board.”
While there, she had to campaign to all of the schools and give a speech to more than 200 students. “This helped my skills of preparation, speaking, and social skills. I personally spoke with over 200 kids and that helped my shyness vanish piece by piece.” After winning the position, Dawson said that she got a great deal of confidence and thankfulness for being part of such a great school and FBLA district.
Camille Dale, another junior from Nashville competed in the talent show at the conference. She performed an original song and won first place, as well.
Caleb Glann, junior, competed in Accounting 1 and placed 5th. In order to prepare himself for the competition, he asked for help from Tammie VanScyoc, the accounting teacher at Nashville High a school. “I had taken Accounting 1 last semester, so I had that advantage. I studied the Accounting 1 book to refresh my memory.” Glann said that it meant a lot to him to get fifth place, especially since he didn’t  think he did so well. “It means that all that studying and help from Mrs. VanScyoc paid off! It was a great experience and I can’t wait until State.”
The top six competitors from each category qualify to proceed to the State Conference which will be held in April.
Maggie Worthington and Mattie Jamison haven’t competed yet. They compete only at the state competition. They are participating in the Community Service Project. “We are doing a presentation over the activities we have done with Mr. Allen’s class, such as spending time playing with the children in his class, the Thanksgiving dinner we prepared for them & the Valentine’s party we are having Friday morning!”
Eric Perez and Katelyn Smith will also be attending the State Conference in April.
In addition to these students, Adley Kirchhoff also competed at this convention in Desktop Publishing. Despite her hard work and the extra time after school she dedicated, she did not place in her event. She was proud of everyone who performed well and felt they all deserved it. “I had so much fun with the group of people! I can’t wait until next year. And I am so proud of Rachel for receiving the spot as President and State Vice-President!”
The students were helped with their projects by Nashville High School FBLA Sponsors, Tammi VanScyoc, Freddie Horne and Terri McJunkins.


Scrapper Showdown this Saturday

READY FOR SHOWDOWN. Scrapper Booster Club members display some of the items which will be in the live and silent auctions Saturday night at the Scrapper Showdown. They include Matt Smith, Scrapper rug; James “Bunch” Nichols, Memphis Grizzlies basketball autographed by Mike Miller; Robbie Stavely with signed football and basketball tickets which he and Mark Stavely donated, Gaye Graham with putter donated by Josh Tice; Josh Tice, Kristen McJunkins and Bryan McJunkins with a Scrapper quilt. The showdown will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $15 and are available from Scrappers, Scrapperettes and cheerleaders.

The Scrapper Showdown will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria.
Tickets are $15 and are on sale by Scrappers, Scrapperettes and cheerleaders.  The ticket price includes a barbecue dinner.
Scrapper Booster Club members are rounding up items for live and silent auctions, along with prizes for Heads or Tails and the basketball game. Fans will play Heads or Tails for a TV and the basketball shooting game for an iPad Mini.
Among the auction items already secured are Razorback basketball tickets for the Arkansas/Georgia game Saturday, March 1; reserved parking spot at Scrapper Arena, reserved hospitality room and VIP seating at the arena, crappie fish fry, Scrapper quilt, Scrapper rug, golf club, WeedEater, load of gravel and a tool set.
Others include Texas Ranger baseball tickets, NASCAR tickets at Texas Motor Speedway, an Arkansas Razorback football autographed by Coach Bret Bielema, and a basketball autographed by Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies.
More items include Cheerleader for a Day, Captain for a Day, a reserved parking spot at Scrapper Stadium, and a booth in the stadium press box.
There will be numerous items and gift certificates from area merchants.
Nashville Elementary School art teacher Mike Eudy will provide music during the meal and silent auction.
The guest speaker for the Showdown will be J.B. Grimes, offensive line coach at Auburn University. Grimes is a familiar face in Arkansas coaching circles. He began his career as an assistant coach at Nashville. He has been an assistant coach at a number of NCAA D-1 programs, including Arkansas and Arkansas State. When former Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn moved to Auburn, he named Grimes as his offensive line coach. The Showdown is a Booster Club fund-raiser which benefits the Nashville athletic program.
Live and silent auction items donated through Monday include the following:
Reserved parking at Scrapper Stadium
Reserved parking at Scrapper Arena
Cheerleader for the Day
Captain for the Day
Reserved Booth in Press Box
Reserved Hospitality Room and Seating at Arena
Birthday Party at Dome
Scrapper Quilt
2 rounds of golf at Hot Springs Country Club
Autographed Basketball by Memphis Grizzlies/
Autographed football by Brett Bielema/Mark and Robbie Stavely-Foxwood Sports
4 tickets to AR-GA basketball game/Mark & Robbie Stavely-Foxwood Sports
Tickets to Texas Ranger game/SWA Radio
Tickets to Texas Motor Speedway/SWA Radio
Scrapper Rug/Smith’s Cleaners
Golf Club/Print Mania
Large box of frozen products/Tyson
Bushel of peaches/Jamison Orchard
Drill/Home Improvement Center
Loading Ramps/Parrish
Jewelry, leggings, scarf/Mandi Stone
2 oil changes/York Gary
1 month membership/SNB Fitness
$50 cashier’s check/Diamond Bank
30 min Massage/Deb Erwin
Razorback Tailgate Tent/Coca-Cola
Crappie Fish Fry/Grahams-Kells-Nichols
Coat Rack/Ivan Smith Furniture
Subscriptions/The Leader
Purse/Dena’s Diva
Load of gravel-Tony Fatheree
Tool Set/Western Auto
Gift Certificate/Simple Simons
$75 in Scrapper Gear/Karter’s Dugout-Kortlan
Tire rotation and balance/Neeleys
Various types of oil and grease/Hendry Oil
Sunglasses/Bell Vision
$50 gift certificate/Power Pharmacy
Gift certificate/Merle Norman
S-factor procucts, purse, cap, Porter’s Lotion/Trendsetters
Family Pack for 8/Trish BBQ
Scrapper Hat/Lisa Wesson
4 bags ($40 each) car wash tokens/Cruizzers
Pot with spring flowers/Sunshine Acres
Carlo Blagi necklace/Tollett’s
Gift certificates/Subway
Hair products/Stephanie & Co
Shampoo, cut, style/Carrie Tollett
Park Place gift card with chocolates
Pallet of sod/Fulton Grass
Golf Balls/Michael Howard-Farm Bureau Insurance
Insulated bag/Shelter Insurance
Putter/Edward Jones
Scrapper Gift basket/Nashville Drug
Gift basket/Red River Credit Union
Gift Basket/Wild Ivy
Gift Certificates/LaVilla
Ray & Associates
Brazz Boutique
Model Citizen Boutique
Glass Shop
Nashville Pawn
Bingen Diesel
Britt Salon & Boutique
Lawrence Termite

Mine Creek Revelations: Bronco tortellini

HONEST. I only joined Facebook so I could see pics of my granddaughter which my daughter frequently posts. Now I’ve worked my way up to six ‘friends’ and keeping up with their activities on Facebook keeps me worn out.
Some of these people apparently don’t do anything other than ‘post’ on Facebook. Half of them post recipes with delicious-looking pics of dishes. The other half puts up messages that Obama is taking us straight to Hell where the devil will take our home machine guns away.
I tend to read the recipes more often than the other stuff. I’ve even tried fixing some of the recipes.
Last week someone posted Tortellini Soup. It sounded simple. Maybe even good. And I needed something new to fix for Super Bowl Sunday. (I don’t know what tortellini is and I can’t read Italian, but I figured I could find it at the store. Wrong!) [Also, worrying about what to fix for Super Bowl Sunday tells you something about the excitement level in my life right now, but that’s another story and I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested.]
The recipe called for frozen tortellini pasta; Italian diced tomatoes; some chopped fresh spinach; a box of vegetable broth; and cream cheese. Other than that, all I needed was a crockpot. I found mine and scoured it clean with acid and steelwool.
Then I went out to get the ingredients.
Walmart didn’t have any frozen tortellini. I pushed stuff around in the frozen food box and blocked the aisle until a group of employees asked me to leave the store.
I went to Brookshire’s and they didn’t have any frozen tortellini either, but the manager said that I could probably substitute a bag of frozen egg noodles. Made sense to me. Then I went looking for Italian-style diced tomatoes. There was no such thing at Brookshires. I moved cans around on the shelves and blocked the aisle until a group of employees asked me to leave the store.
Went back to Walmart and there is just no such thing as Italian-style diced tomatoes. So, I settled for a couple of cans of diced tomatoes with basil and oregano and garlic because that sounded kinda Italian.
At home, I assembled the ingredients.
I apologize for taking so long with this story. And forgive me if I weep occasionally.
I got out my ‘new’ $1.95 can opener which replaced the one I broke last week. But it wouldn’t open the can of diced tomatoes. I tried opening the can with a beer can opener which someone helpfully left in my driveway. I punched holes in a circle around the top and poured the tomatoes through the jagged edge. To my horror I realized that a tiny shard of the tin can had fallen into the crockpot. So, I threw away the whole batch.
Went back to the store and got another can of diced tomatoes and a new $8.95 can opener.
Unfortunately, the new can opener didn’t open a can any better than that cheap one. I went to a neighbor’s house and she skillfully opened the can.
Now I was finally ready to put the ingredients together again.
I chomped the cream cheese into little pieces. Then I poured the tomatoes and vegetable stock into the crockpot;
The last thing I did was the spinach. The recipe called for a ‘small bag.’ No other description. Was it a small zip sandwich baggie, or was it a 30-gallon trash bag? I decided that a handful of spinach would be enough. I washed it and started chopping.
And sliced my left thumb to the bone. By golly, that blood and little bit of meat will just make my tortellini soup better, I told myself.
Actually, the soup was pretty yucky.
Also, I’m fairly sure that the cream cheese kept the dish off the Weight Watchers approved list.
Because of all the trips to the food stores; the ingredients; the replacement ingredients; the can opener; the replacement can opener; not to mention the antiseptic and bandage for my thumb; plus the replacement chopping knife for the @#$%* knife I threw into the trash can — this soup probably cost me about $20 per serving.
Next time I’ll stick to reading the posts about Obama and Hell and machine guns.
BULLETIN: The burn ban in Howard County has been lifted.
BEAUTY. Shina Sumler, a soph coed from Nashville, is among the contestants in the annual Miss Henderson State University Pageant this week. Good luck!!
WEIGHT WATCHERS. Weight Watchers meets in the activities building at Ridgeway Baptist Church out on Peachtree Street. Weigh-in begins at 5, with lashing and flogging to follow.
It was another weigh-in I had to miss, this time due to the chamber of commerce banquet Monday night. Probably not much change in my weight over the last week. There were some good days and then there was the Super Bowl. Munch, munch. Don’t remind me about the tortellini soup.
THINGS I LEARNED from opening email: There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
HE SAID: “Scientists announced that they have located the gene for alcoholism. Scientists say they found it at a party, talking way too loudly.” Conan O’Brien, entertainer
SHE SAID: “I think this is what hooks one to gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.” Phyllis Theroux, writer


Calvin Sharp
Calvin Sharp, 72 of Dierks, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 in Hot Springs.
He was born Aug. 6, 1941 in Nashville to the late Hollis and Gertrude McClellan Sharp.
He was a retired logger and truck driver, and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Sharp, and two sisters, Geneva Cannon and Peggy White.
Survivors include: his wife, Carol Richardson Sharp of Dierks; a daughter, Vickie Lynn Johnson of Rodgers; a son, John Robert Sharp of Gilliam; a brother, Glenn Sharp of Nashville; a sister, Mellie Walker of Nashville; also seven grandchildren.
Services were Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. Interment followed in Sunshine Cemetery near Dierks.
Visitation was at the funeral home on Thursday night from 6-8.
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Maxine Lance
Maxine Lance, 86, of Conway, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.
She was born May 1, 1927 in Murfreesboro, the daughter of the late Will H. and Vinnie Cox.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joe Harrison; sons, Jimmy Harrison, Jerry Harrison, and Steven Lance;  sisters, Willo V. Thornton  Ophelia Smedley, and Dessel Johnson; and brothers, Dodson Cox, J.E. Cox, and Cecil Lester Cox.
Survivors include: her husband, Cleston Lance; children, Johnny Harrison and wife, Kathy of Delight, Ronnie Lance and wife, Jean of Bentonville, Jean Wilson and husband, Jerry of Conway,   Vanessa Smith and husband, Tim of Nashville; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren
Services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home of Murfreesboro with Jim Henderson and Roger Genung officiating. Burial to follow at Hicks Cemetery in Murfreesboro under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Murfreesboro chapel.
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Thelma Marie Heatherly
Thelma Marie Heatherly, 77, of Texarkana, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
She was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Marion, NC.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Andrea Grace Fisher.
Survivors include: her husband, Earl Heatherly of Mineral Springs; five daughters, Paula Mauldin of Fair Grove, Mo., Vanessa Martin of Morganton, NC, Kimberly Fortner of Rogers Ark., Natalie Edwards of Texarkana, Ark., and Jean Austin of Corinth, Miss. Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at Texarkana Funeral Home in Texarkana, Texas.
John Hill
John Hill, 71, of Texarkana, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. He was a native of Nashville, the son of the late J.B. and Faustine Hill.
Obituary details were unavailable by mid-morning Tuesday.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Texas Boulevard location of Texarkana Funeral Home. Services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Arkansas side.