In a quavering voice and racked by sobs, Friday morning, a 37-year-old Dierks woman pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault, a class A felony, in a relationship with a 16-year-old female.
Amy D. Fennell had originally sought a bench trial, but instead switched her plea to guilty.
In the Howard County courtroom Friday morning, standing beside her attorney, Mickey Buchanan of Ashdown, Fennell had to tell Judge Tom Cooper exactly what she did. The judge went through a list of questions about her understanding of the crime and her current state of mind. He warned that she could not change her mind about the plea when she returned to be sentenced.
Fennell is to report back to the same courtroom Wednesday of this week for formal pronouncement of her sentence. Judge Cooper told her that the sentence would be six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) with three years suspended; also, fines and a requirement that she register as a sex offender for 25 years.
District Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir told the judge that the victim and her family were present, and agreed to the sentence.
In the courtroom Friday morning were about a dozen people, including the victim and members of her family, and the north Howard County church where the defendant was a youth teacher and bus driver.
Fennell tearfully admitted she abused her position as an adult and in her church, and should have put a stop to the relationship. Charges were filed in January of 2013.
By John R. Schirmer
It’s not “moogle.”
It’s not “noodle.”
It’s “Moodle,” an online education resource which will help the Nashville School District comply with a new state law dealing with graduation requirements.
Act 1280 says that every ninth grader in 2014-15 must have an online course before he or she graduates, according to high school Principal Tate Gordon. “It requires at least a half credit in a digital learning course,” Gordon told the school board last week.
The requirement brings up two questions – use an outside vendor or use a homegrown course, Gordon said.
Providers such as Virtual Arkansas provide online courses to meet the new requirement. The Arkansas Department of Education has a list of about 35 vendors which will provide the classes for a fee.
There’s an annual fee of $2,500 per district, plus $25 per student per class per semester with Virtual Arkansas and other companies, Gordon said. “That’s about a $6,000 average per course for us.”
Instead of going with an outside vendor, Gordon and junior high assistant principal Jason Williamson looked at another option. “We like homegrown,” Gordon said. “We can have a classroom teacher online. Students can work on their lessons at home or away, and it costs us nothing. We already have the server, and we can use our teacher.”
The district recently ordered 300 laptops for junior high and high school; they are expected to arrive after spring break.
“Our teachers can assign the laptops. Mrs. C [Connie Castleberry] will be the teacher,” Williamson said.
“We can access other schools’ classes and request rights to them,” Williamson said. Moodle is similar to Blackboard, which many colleges use, and other online services, according to Williamson.
“Mrs. C is doing similar work at CCCUA. Mrs. [Kim] Newton works with it at high school,” Williamson said.
Superintendent Doug Graham always asks administrators two questions about new programs, Williamson said. “Is it good for kids? How much does it cost?”
The answers for Moodle are “1. Yes, it’s good for kids. 2. Nothing,” Williamson said.
Moodle can be accessed from the district’s homepage, nashvillesd.com.
Castleberry’s ninth grade civics classes will implement the online course. “They’ve already had hands-on [computer] knowledge from eighth grade,” Williamson said.
Moodle will show units and activities for the class. “It’s a great way to provide what we need for our kids. It does what Blackboard does,” Williamson said.
The format for the class will be up to Castleberry. “How much instruction is in class time and how much is online is up to Mrs. C. High achievers can really get after it, or she can provide one-on-one help if needed,” Williamson said.
Moodle classes include “some lecture, and students can work at their own pace,” Gordon said. The classes also “cut down on paper. Students do their work online and submit it to the teacher. It’s a paperless class.”
Graham said there are two goals: “Prepare students for college and get ready for future classes. Ten years from now, we may not know school as we know it today. This is the first step.”
The district considered providing the Moodle instruction in health classes “and may do more later,” Graham said. “We have to watch the effect on electives and not water them down.”
The online course must be in place by August, Graham said.
The curriculum must receive state approval.
Civics and economics are required already, Gordon said, in explaining why it will become the digital classroom. “We have the teacher. We have the room.”
Williamson said students can upload their assignments. When they are graded, the results “pop up on the screen.”
In Fort Smith, Ramsey Junior High utilizes digital instruction. “The entire building is Moodle,” Williamson said.
By Jana Copeland
Hailee Lingo, a Nashville High School senior, has served as the Arkansas State FCCLA President for the past year.
While holding this office, she directed the state’s FCCLA chapters. She also traveled to attend different conferences.
Her favorite part would definitely have to be the traveling. She traveled to numerous places to meet different members and officers. “It is an amazing feeling being surrounded for a whole week with people who stand for the same thing you do.”
She ssid that she is going to miss her officer team the most. “I have become family with my five officers. They have been my support system, my shoulders to cry on, my best friends, my worst enemies, and my motivation.”
Her last day as president of the Arkansas State FCCLA will be May 1, 2014.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better year. God truly blessed me with the experience of a lifetime.”
The Scrapperettes finished in a tie for fourth March 20 at the Panther Relays in Ashdown.
Ashdown won the meet, followed by Trinity, Prescott and the Scrapperettes.
“It was a good meet,” Coach Ron Alexander said, with two Scrapperettes qualifying for state.
Kassidy Snowden won the long jump with a mark of 16-5. She was second in the high jump at 5-3 and qualified for state.
Snowden was also second in the triple jump at 33-10.
Lacie Grace won the discus with a throw of 98-6 and qualified for state. Lydia Gaddis was third at 95-7.
Karie Porter was fourth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 30-1. Gaddis was fifth at 28-9.
The Nashville Scrapper track team divided into two squads and competed in two locations Thursday, March 20.
Nashville finished fifth at Magnolia and sixth at Ashdown.
Results from the Magnolia meet include the following:
High jump – 2. Brandon Shamrock, 6-03.
Discus – 7. Rashon Lee, 126-10.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Eric Perez, Braden Bowman, Ignacio Perez and Robbie Morphew, 9:05.43.
110-m hurdles – 6. Shamrock, 16.67.
1600-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 4:46.64, a meet record.
4 x 100-m relay – 8. Nashville, Andrew Hawthorne, Jalen Jones, Lee Scroggins, Jackson Beavert, 45.65.
400-m dash – 3. Beavert, 52.98.
300-m hurdles – 3. Shamrock, 42.16.
800-m run – 2. Eric Perez, 2:06.56.
4 x 400-m relays – 6. Nashville, Beavert, Warren May, Corey Cooper, Shamrock, 3:45.24.
Arkansas High won the Magnolia meet with 156 points. De Queen was second, followed by Camden Fairview, Magnolia, El Dorado, Nashville, Pine Bluff, Genoa Central, Little Rock McClellan and Watson Chapel to round out the top 10. Nashville had 53 points.
Results from Ashdown include the following:
100-m dash – 8. Jamie Newton, 11.94.
4 x 100-m relay – 5. R’Ques Hughes, Newton, Jaymric Gamble and Kayvion Burris, 47.99.
400-m dash – 5. Burris, 56.35; 6. Jailon Gamble, 56.52.
800-m run – 7. Eduardo Capetillo, 2:26.35.
200-m dash – 6. Newton, 24.83.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Burris, Gamble, R. Hughes and Trey Hughes, 3:55.34.
Pole vault – 4. LaDarius Daniel, 10-0.
Triple jump – 3. Trey Hughes, 41-2.5.
High jump – 7. Trey Hughes, 5-6.
Ashdown won the meet with 158 points. Arkansas High’s JV was second with 109; followed by Prescott, De Queen, Idabel and Nashville. The Scrappers had 41 points.
Junior High Results
The Nashville Junior Scrapperettes won the girls division of the Junior Southwest Sporting Goods Relays March 18 at Scrapper Stadium with 163 points.
Magnolia was second, and Arkansas High finished third.
Brookelyn Cox of Nashville received high point honors with 44 points.
The Junior Scrappers were third in their division with 126 points behind De Queen and Magnolia.
Darius Hopkins of Nashville earned high point honors with 36.5 points.
Results for the junior Scrapperettes include the following:
High jump – 1. Asia Munn, 4-09; 4. Williams, 4-00.
Long jump – 2. Chelsey Hile, 15-0 1/2; 5. Cox, 13-11.5.
Triple jump – 1. Cox, 30-10.25; 4. Kianna McElroy, 28-10.75.
Shot put – 4. Cox, 30-10.5; 6. Munn, 29-07.
Discus – 7. Laisa Ramirez, 54-10; 8. Bailey Denton, 53-11.
4 x 800-m relay – 2. Nashville, Jessica Bradvord, Denton, Lynsey Fatherree, Felicity Green, 11:56.69.
100-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 18.46; 5. Kaliea Munn, 19.74; 8. Green, 21.62.
100-m dash – 2. Cox, 12.85; 6. Williams, 13.44.
1600-m run – 2. Hile, 6:09.57; 5. Jasmin Scott, 6:50.60.
4 x 100-m relay – 4. Nashville, Asia Munn, Cox, McElroy, Williams, 56.48.
400-m dash – 1. Cox, 66.21; 3. Cloe Scoggins, 69.76.
300-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 52.99; 5. Kaliea Munn, 59.01; 7. Daisy Grundy, 67.30.
800-m run – 2. Denton, 2:55.34; 3. Ramirez, 2:56.93; 4. Hile, 3:04.05.
200-m dash – 3. Cox, 28.31; 4. Williams, 28.36.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Bradford, Allison Reeder, Scoggins, Hile, 4:54.22.
Results for the junior Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 2. Sam Cogburn, 5-06; 5. C.J. Spencer, 5-04; 6. Darius Hopkins, 5-04.
Long jump – 1. Hopkins, 19-02; 3. Cogburn, 18-07.75.
Triple jump – 5. Spencer, 37-03.25; 8. Austin Gibbs, 35-11.50.
Shot put – 3. Jarvis Holmes, 42-09.00; 7. Kirby Adcock, 38-09.00; 8. Mace Green, 38-06.00.
Discus – 4. Austin Bowman, 117-03; 6. Chris Waldrop, 115-01; 7. Adcock, 110-06; 8. Holmes, 116-11.
Pole vault – 4. Dalton Smead, 9-00; 5. Trace Beene, 9-00; 6. Tyler Hanson, 7-06.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Kenneth Luper, Green, Ty turney, Alec Littlefield, 9:47.53.
100-m hurdles – 3. Gibbs, 18.42.
100-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 11.42; 6. Giggs, 11.99.
1600-m run – k7. Angel Hernandez, 6:04.15.
4 x 100-m relay – 3. Nashville, Littlefield, Hopkins, Spencer, Gibbs, 47.53.
400-m dash – 3. Hopkins, 57.04; 6. Cogburn, 61.41; 8. Walker, 62.46.
300-m hurdles – 1. Gibbs, 45.56.
800-m run – 4. Littlefield, 2:25.35; 7. Luper, 2:32.49.
200-m dash – 3. Hopkins, 24.04.
4 x 400-m relay – 4. Nashville, Luper, Green, Turney, Littlefield, 4:08.68.
Scrapper junior LaMichael Pettway continues to receive offers to play football at Division I schools.
Pettway visited the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on his birthday last Thursday, March 20. He left with a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks.
Pettway has also received offers from Louisville, Alabama, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Nebraska and Arkansas State.
He has visited Alabama and Arkansas and planned visits to LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss this week during Nashville’s spring break.
By John R. Schirmer
The Nashville Scrappers scored 6 runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-2 win over Dierks Friday afternoon at Wilson Park.
With the game tied at 0-0 going into the bottom of the second, the Scrappers put up runs by Trace Beene, Kory Snodgrass, Andy Graves, Nick Myers, Dylan Chambers and Zach Jamison. Snodgrass added the Scrappers’ final score in the fifth inning.
Adam Bradshaw and Tyler Kesterson scored for Dierks.
For the game, the Scrappers had 7 runs, 11 hits and 1 error. The Outlaws posted 2 runs, 8 hits and 1 error.
Jamison was the Scrappers’ leading hitter with 3, followed by Myers with 2 and Justin Reed, Snodgrass, Cameron Alexander, Storm Nichols, Chambers and Alex Curry with 1 each.
Nashville had 4 RBis for the game, including 2 by Alexander and 1 each by Myers and Chambers.
Curry pitched the entire game for Nashville, giving up 8 hits, 2 earned runs and striking out 1 Outlaw batter.
Dierks saw hits by Tyler Narens, Andrew Sirmon, Andy Tedder, MaClane Moore, Tyler Mounts, Bradshaw, Drew Adams, Caleb Dunn and Kesterson. Narens and Dunn recorded RBIs.
Sirmon pitched 1.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits with no strikeouts. Bradshaw finished the game, giving up 1 run on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts.
Nashville and Fouke provided fans with an inning of free baseball Thursday night, with Nashville taking a 7-6 win at Wilson Park.
The lead changed hands five times before the Scrappers sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth.
The Scrappers managed 7 runs off 3 hits with 4 errors. Fouke had 6 runs on 8 hits and 6 errors.
Fouke took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Scrappers narrowed the gap with 2 runs in the second. The Panthers added 2 runs in the sixth, but the Scrappers exploded with 4 and took a 6-5 lead. Fouke tied the score at 6-6 in the top of the seventh, and the game went to extra innings after the Scrappers failed to answer.
Nashville took the win in the bottom of the eighth when a walk by Alexander scored Jamison and ended the game.
Jamison led the Scrappers in runs with 2; Lucas Liggin, Snodgrass, Myers, Alexander and Chambers had 1 each.
Jamison also led in RBIs with 3, with 1 a piece from Myers, Alexander and Nichols.
Jamison was the Scrappers’ leading hitter with 2; Nichols added 1.
Liggin, Reed and Curry pitched for Nashville, striking out 5 Panthers.
The Scrappers entered spring break with a 9-0 record. They were off Monday and Tuesday and were scheduled to practice today (Wednesday).
The Scrappers will face Camden Fairview at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Magnolia Tournament, which continues Friday and Saturday.
Arkadelphia will visit Wilson Park Monday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in the first District 7-4A game of the season.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Scrapperette softball team fell to Brookland 9-1 Friday night at the Tournament of Champions at Burns Park.
Brookland took a 2-1 lead before the Scrapperettes’ Shayla Wright scored in the top of the third. Brookland responded with a score in the bottom of the inning, then added 1 run in the fifth and 5 in the sixth.
Saturday’s games were cancelled because of rain.
A cross-country bike ride will benefit the Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Steve Lewis, a long-time hospital employee, will represent the foundation in a 1,700-mile bike ride from the West Coast to Nashville, beginning March 30.
Lewis will leave from San Diego, Calif., and ride the 1,700 miles back to Nashville. Lewis is seeking sponsors for the trip, and all of the money will go to the foundation.
“Steve is asking for no money for himself; he is completely self-supporting his travel expenses. I appreciate his generosity and hope you will as well,” foundation director Amelia Moorer said.
Lewis’s friend John Aylett will accompany him on the trek.
Lewis and Aylett “have trained endlessly, and on behalf of the foundation, I am honored to reap the rewards of Steve’s efforts. All monies given to Steve in sponsorship will be recorded, and each sponsor will receive a receipt by mail,” Moorer said.
“If you desire to give your money directly to the hospital, you may do so by mailing your check” to the HMH Foundation, 130 Medical Circle, Nashville, AR, 71852,” Moorer said.
Donors may also contact Kim Turbeville or Moorer at HMH with a credit card number, or go by the hospital to leave a cash donation.
“Your sponsorship is greatly appreciated, and you can be proud to not only have supported your local hospital but also to have helped cheer Steve as he accomplishes this amazing feat,” Moorer said.
I’M STILL WAITING on formal notification from the mayor on my request to be deputized as a fully-recognized member of the Traffic, Parking & Fashion Police Association (TPFPA) for our town’s Central Business District
My purpose is to help rid our town of ‘J Turns’ on Main Street.
Last week in Howard County District Court, a Nashville woman was fined $145 for making a J Turn. If you don’t believe me, look at the District Court article in this week’s paper.
There’s an average of almost one case each week in the court docket, therefore — assuming the ticketed driver doesn’t repeat his or her traffic crime — we’re cutting down on the number of J Turns in a slow but steady manner. I am sorry that we don’t have graduated sizes of fines for second and third offenses. First fine: $145. Second: $285. Third: $1,000. Hit ‘em hard and you don’t have to hit ‘em often, is what I say.
The whole purpose of increasing amounts of the penalties is to prevent repeat offenders. There may be some serial J Turners out there and we all have an obligation to stomp them out. Mercifully, of course.
Warning: ‘We’ (and by ‘we’ I mean me and my fellow deputies with the TPFPA) are going to get you if you make a J Turn.
As soon as I get my concealed weapon permit renewed, I’m going to begin the printing vehicle descriptions and license plate numbers I have helpfully written down every time I’ve seen yet another traffic criminal make a J Turn. Both of you can check this column weekly to see the list when I begin publishing those numbers and names.
I know you’ll think I’m getting fixated on this, but twice-a-day I now walk both sides of Main Street between the railroad tracks and the Post Office looking for vehicles whose front tire angles indicate the driver made a J Turn into the parking spot. I’ll make a mental note and be on the lookout for those vehicles in the future.
When I get deputized I’ll probably also have to get a swell uniform so everything will look real official. If I give you a ticket, just suck it up and pay for your crime. Also, does anyone know where I can get a swell 2XL uniform? Preferably pants with an expandable waist.
As I mentioned before, I’ll be fair but firm in giving tickets for J Turns. As usual, only a very few warning tickets will be given — they are reserved only for the sauciest women and to people who are generous donors to my Peanut M&Ms Crusade.
Let me assure you that these fine people have learned their lesson and will never J Turn again.
We have an obligation
The TPFPA is also on constant alert to catch someone ‘sagging,’ otherwise why would ‘Fashion’ be a part of our official name?
There are absolutely no warning tickets given for sagging. That’s because we have no mercy for male saggers,and because saucy women just don’t go in for wearing their pants way down below the tops of their undies.
Given the popularity of thong underwear among today’s saucy women, if they got into sagging we would then encounter major distraction problems for downtown motorists.
Let me put it this way. A saucy woman wearing thong underwear and ‘sagging,’ might cause an otherwise law-abiding motorist to make a J Turn so as to get a better look. This motorist would then surely call a Traffic, Parking and Fashion Police Associate to report the infraction and thus insure public safety and tranquility.
Afterward, this motorist would probably turn himself/herself in to the TPFPA because making a J Turn under any condition — even in pursuit of a saucy female sagger — is still a no-no.
If I witnessed such an occurrence, whom would I ‘ticket’ first? The J Turner or the Saggerette?
Don’t test me, is what I say.
A lot of people don’t know this: the U.S. launched a secret spy satellite, Tuesday. The device will focus on downtown Nashville and provide assistance in our efforts against J Turns and Sagging. My personal thanks to President Obama for his support.
COULD’T HELP but notice that Hempstead County officials aren’t near as good as Howard County officials at keeping roadsides free from litter. Once I solve the problem of J Turns and sagging, I might just turn my attention to litterererers.
CATFISH REUNION. About two dozen guys from five consecutive classes at NHS during late 50s and early 60s got together at Camp Albert Pike last weekend for a catfish fry and lying contest. Isn’t it amazing, one guy asked, that after this much time so many would gather like this? The group included one guy who had come from Houston, another from north of Dallas. Others traveled respectable distances, too. The host, a member of the NHS class of ’60, has these shindigs twice a year. Almost every time we’ve lost a friend since the last time we met.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading email: If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem.
HE SAID: “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” George Carlin, comic
SHE SAID: “Don’t be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.” Lily Tomlin, actress and comic
SWEET DREAMS, Baby
Amanda Rae Moore
Amanda Rae Moore, age 33, a resident of Fayetteville, Ark., and a former resident of Dierks, Ark., died Saturday, March 22, 2014 in Fayetteville.
Amanda is the daughter of Terry and Julia Moore and was born Jan. 16, 1981 and was a member of the church of Christ.
A celebration of Amanda’s life will be held Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Dierks Church of Christ with Floyd Clark, Lance Lowrey and Trey Clark officiating. Burial will follow at the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks. Visitation was held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 at the Dierks Church of Christ.
Amanda was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Charles Moore and Ordis Roberson, and a beloved cousin, Shane Moore.
She is survived by her loving parents Terry and Julia Moore, a sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Lance Lowrey; her nephew, Lucas Lowrey; her grandmothers, Mary Moore and Annie Roberson; her uncle and his wife Mike and Teresa Moore; an aunt and her husband, Coleen and Floyd Clark; and cousins Todd and Kelly Moore, Trey and Carmen Clark, Leah Lovelis and Lauren Clark.
Amanda graduated from Dierks High School in 1999 where she was valedictorian. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark., the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Ark., and University of Missouri at Kansas City Law School. She was a partner in the Bassett Law Firm LLP from 2007-2014 before taking a position with Roger’s Food Group in 2014.
She was an avid Razorback fan. She took an active part in the following: EOA Children’s Home, and Peace at Home Family Shelter. Organizations that she was a member of were the Arkansas Bar Association, Frank’s Book Club, Bunco, Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, and the Turkey Hill Social Club.
Amanda will be remembered as a bright and shining star, for her big smile, her bubbling personality, her humor, and her ability to light up any room she entered. She could take control of almost any situation and accomplish, with great success, any assignment given. She was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. Amanda did not have any children but adored her nephew, Lucas, and her two Corgis, Tess and Audrey.
A memorial service will also be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Pauline Whitaker Center, 1335 W. Knapp, Fayetteville, Ark.
Memorials may be made to EOA Children’s House, 2577 Lowell Road, Springdale, AR 72764; or Peace At Home Family Shelter, 1200 Garland Ave., Fayetteville, AR 72703.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
Hollis ‘Shorty’ Dean
Hollis “Shorty” Dean, 75 of Mineral Springs, Ark., passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at his home in Mineral Springs.
He was born on February 10, 1939 in Purcell, Okla., the son of the late Edward and Edith Henson Dean.
Mr. Dean was preceded in death by three brothers William Jesse Dean, Ralph Edward Dean, and Clifford Ray Dean, and one sister Shirley Ann Dean.
Survivors include: his wife Mary Dean of Mineral Springs, Ark.; mother-in-law Edith “Nanny” Hagar of Mineral Springs, Ark.; two sons, Hollis Carroll Dean, Jr., and wife Margie of Redwater, Texas, Timothy Edward Dean and wife Julie of Nashville, Ark.; two daughters, Vicki Dean Clements of Texarkana, Texas, Brandy Dean Craig and husband David of Prescott, Ark.; two brothers, Ray Dean and Bobby Dean; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Chaplain Jeff Robinett officiating. Burial will follow in Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com
Bobbie Lynn Nichoalds
Bobbie Lynn Nichoalds, 71, of Lonoke, died in North Little Rock on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
She was born Feb. 9, 1943 in Nashville, to the late Woodrow and Beatrice McLarty. She was a Southern Baptist, was a 1961 graduate of Nashville High School, and worked at the Blood Alcohol Testing Unit at the Arkansas State Health Department for 30 years.
Survivors include: her husband, David Nichoalds; her children, Jessica Eoff of Porter, Texas, and Natalie Dickens of Texarkana, Ark.; a sister, Peggy Hopper of Nashville; and four grandchildren.
Services were on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock.
Online guest book at griffinleggettresthills.com.
Jodie Chandler, 58, of Nashville, died Monday, March 17, 2014.
She was born Feb. 8, 1956 in Nashville, the daughter of the late George Lockeby and Sadie Gibson Lockeby.
Survivors include: her husband, Charles Chandler of Nashville; a daughter, Kristi Chandler Wastian, and husband, Darrell of Murfreesboro; a brother, Herman Lockeby of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Alice Sawayer and Mary Driver, both of Plainview, Texas; Also grandchildren.
Graveside services were Friday, March 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Murfreesboro under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Online at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Jean Morrow Lockwood
(October 16, 1932 – March 11, 2014)
Jean Lockwood of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died on March 11, 2014 at Autumn Leaves in Vernon Hills, Ill.
She was the daughter of Bobilee and Georgia Scoggins Morrow, born on Oct. 16, 1932 in Graysonia, Ark. She was a retired teacher, and was very active in the Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Sue M. Stover and Grace Ann Riley, and niece,
She is survived by her husband, David; her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Rick Newhauser of Miami, Fla. and their sons and daughters-in-law, Rick and Esther, Stephen and Nicole, and Jason; her son and daughter-in-law, David and Dani Lockwood of Kenosha, Wisc., and their sons, Pete and Brian; and her son and daughter-in-law Robert and Rose Lockwood of Libertyville, Ill. She has four great-grandchildren: Oliver, Carter, Ava, and Reese Newhauser; nephews Kelly Riley and his wife Connie, Freddie Riley and his wife Melissa, Roy Lee Stover and his wife Claudia, and Randy Stover.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all the caregivers who enriched Jean’s life with their kindness, compassion, and skill.
A memorial service will be held in Delight, Ark., at a future date. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Delight United Methodist Church in Delight, AR or The Caring Place in Hot Springs, AR.
Carolyn Harris, 65, of Nashville died March 20, 2014, in Nashville.
She was born March 21, 1949, in Nashville, the daughter of Jo Van Gammill Abshere and the late Leroy Abshere.
She was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Marilyn Upton.
Survivors include: her husband, Wayne Harris; a son, Timmy Harris of Nashville; a daughter, Vickie Moore and husband Chris, of Nashville; three brothers, Mickey, Billy, and Herman Mimms; a sister, Jo Ann Fielding; also six grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014 at Unity Cemetery near Nashville, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Wanda Lorene Hosey
Wanda Lorene Hosey, 65, of Nashville, Ark., was born Nov. 11, 1948 and passed away on March 24, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her father, Estol French, Sr., of Nashville.
Survivors include: her husband, Jimmy R. Hosey of Nashville; her mother, Wanda L. French of Nashville; three children, Michael and wife, Jennifer of Mineral Springs, Ark., Sherry and husband, Bill of Benton, Ark., and Cathy and husband, Chad of Fort Smith, Ark.; 5 grandchildren, Tabitha Wilcher, Chris Wilcher, Ian Isaacson, and Hunter and Autumn; 2 great-grandchildren, Taylor and Ava; three sisters, Sue Pasley, Teresa Forrest, and Cemantha Wildbur; one brother, Estol French, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at New Shiloh Baptist Church near Mineral Springs with Bro.David Raulerson officiating. Burial to follow at New Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was at 10 a.m. until until service time at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Mineral Springs.
You may send an online sympathy message at http://www.latimerfuneralhome.com/
By John Balch
Faced with future financial issues and the need to make several costly improvements to the Murfreesboro campus, the South Pike County School Board will begin closely reviewing whether the Delight Elementary School should be closed.
The decision to begin analyzing the Delight campus was reached after a financial report last Tuesday night from Superintendent Roger Featherston. The report projects the district will end the 2013-2014 school year with approximately $49,707 less in the operating fund than the previous school year. Although the projected balance was described as “low” and “conservative,” it will constitute a declining ending balance.
When a school district has three consecutive years of declining ending balances, the Arkansas Department of Education places the district on a fiscal distress list. If the financial issues are not resolved, the status can result in a state-takeover.
The financial report also included a list of projects needed on the Murfreesboro campus. The projects include a new roof and replacing the heating and air units at the high school and the need for 1-to-1 technology upgrades campus wide.
Also listed as a “huge project” would be the remodeling and expanding the Murfreesboro gymnasium or building a new one. “Either way, we would have a facility capable of holding graduation, etc. At the very least, we need to replace the bleachers, lighting and possibly add air conditioning,” said Featherston.
The report also shows the district is projecting a $90,000 increase in the building fund and currently has $1,550,167 CD in the bank. But, Featherston said “without changes” the district will continue to struggle financially and a “tough decision” needs to be considered.
“That decision is whether or not to close the Delight campus,” he said.
Closing the Delight Elementary School would cut operation costs by at least $250,000 per year, according to Featherson. There are currently 110 students enrolled at the Delight elementary, grades K-6. How many students would be lost in the event of closure is unknown. Featherston and High School Principal Kathaleen Cole guessed a loss of up to 10 students could be possible.
Featherston also said he did not think a school should be operated solely on business terms, but “this must be considered before it is too late.”
“I believe we have ‘put off the inevitable,’ but each year we continue to do this puts us in weaker financial condition for the future.”
Featherston was not proposing the board make a decision that night, “I’m just saying we need to have our eyes open.” If the board does decide to close the campus, he suggested the campus remain open throughout the next year to “allow time for planning and preparation.”
“And not do it ‘bam’ like it did with the high school,” he added.
The agreement that formed the South Pike County School District when Murfreesboro annexed the Delight district stated the new district “shall use its best efforts to allow the Delight School campus to continue to operate both an elementary and high school system in the SPCSD as long as deemed economically and educationally feasible and beneficial to the SPCSD as a whole as determined by the school board on a periodic review.”
“There are definitely reasons to keep it open and there are definitely things we’ve got to look at and consider what we are going to do there,” said Featherston.
The Delight High School was closed the school year after the 2010 annexation. The decision to close the high school was hastened when approximately 60 students left for the Blevins School District one month prior to the merger and a financial report showed Delight’s finances that school year had been spent down from $525,000 to $97,600.
Featherston said he planned to have a Dawson Educational Cooperative official and a former ADE fiscal distress team member now working at a public school resource center to both help analyze the information and numbers related to the operation of the Delight campus.
“I want people who have knowledge of finances, and – just on our level – don’t have a dog in the fight,” he said.
Board member Steve Conly voiced his concern about who should be used for outside consultation. “They don’t have a dog in the fight, Roger, but they don’t care. I guarantee what information you’re going to get from those people over there, I know exactly what they are going to tell you because they don’t like small schools, and they like consolidation.”
Another concern for Conly is what will happen to the town of Delight. “Once you close (schools) down, things just start to fade away,” he said.
Conly also suggested the district open dialogue with the Kirby School District about a possible future merger. “They’re going somewhere,” he said. “Let’s at least approach them and see what their intentions are.”
Board member Ricky Buck agreed that Kirby should be approached and Board President Alan Walls added, “I don’t think it will hurt a thing to reach out to our neighbors and say ‘hey don’t forget about us.’”
“I do not want any school to close, and I’m pretty passionate about it,” continued Conly, who is a major proponent of advancing the district’s technology capabilities. “But I do not want to be in fiscal distress either. That to me is a failure pointed towards us.”
“Been down that road before,” added Walls.
It has not been that long since the former Murfreesboro School District was on the ADE’s fiscal distress list. The district received the status July 1, 2008 after three consecutive years of a declining legal balance in the operating budget.
Voters approved a 7.6-mill increase in 2009, which along with tightened financial management, resulted in removal from the list in 2010. The increased tax rate raised the district’s rate to 44 mills, at the time the highest rate of Pike County’s then-four school districts. The new tax funds were not realized until the fall of 2010.
As part of the process of Murfreesboro annexing the Delight district to form the South Pike County district, the board was required to reach an unified millage rate. Acting against the advice of a financial consultant and a suggestion from Superintendent Featherston, the board voted in a split 4-2 vote to levy a 41-mill unified tax rate.
Kirby superintendent’s statement
Kirby Superintendent Jeff Alexander was contacted by The Nashville Leader Monday morning and issued the following statement.
“The Kirby School enrollment is currently at 344 students. We will not finish the year above 350. We still have another year to get to 350. The Kirby School District is in great financial shape. Our main concern is getting our enrollment up to 350.
“We are having a town meeting April 10 at 6:30 to discuss our enrollment situation and work toward possible solutions. I am planning on meeting with Mr. Featherston this week just to look at all aspects of our situation. Kirby Schools plans on remaining open.”
There were no injuries, but the driver was jailed and charged with DWI after a one-vehicle accident north of Nashville, Friday afternoon.
The driver, Jeanie Gorham, 57, of Mineral Springs, was charged with DWI #2 and careless driving, according to the sheriff’s office. Gorham is a member of the Howard County Quorum Court.
The accident was investigated by Trooper Mason Glasgow of the Arkansas State Police. The accident occurred at about 4 p.m. near the intersection of Airport Road 980 and Pump Springs Road. Police here had first received a call about a reckless driver; then got a call reporting the accident. Gorham was taken to the Howard County Jail and was held for about three and one-half hours before bonding out.
Gorham had a previous DWI charge in August of 2013.
By John R. Schirmer
The Nashville School Board continues to discuss outsourcing the district’s cafeteria program.
Under the plan, a management firm oversees the cafeteria and often hires current school employees for day-to-day operation and meal preparation.
Last month, board members heard reports from administrators who visited school which had outsourced their food services programs to management companies.
Monday night, Tina Conzel, the district’s food services director, discussed the matter with the board.
“The ladies are really concerned,” Conzel said. “We went to Lakeside and Malvern and met food services staff from the schools.”
Conzel presented pros and cons from the visits.
Lakeside offers two main menu lines, a salad bar, pizza and other items, Conzel said. “The district is larger, about 3,200 students, and has more choices. They also had fruit juices, milk, cut up fruit, cookies and chips.”
Lakeside purchases many foods instead of preparing them “from scratch,” Conzel said. The district used disposable items such as plates at high school and junior high but had regular plates at elementary.
Employee salaries are negotiable, and the district may recommend raises to the management company. Workers are played twice monthly and may draw unemployment during the summer.
There was no supervision of the salad bar, Conzel said. The “no-scratch cooking” is a concern. Some of the staff “are not really happy with [outsourcing]. They’ve lost some staff. Sick leave and retirement are a concern.”
The employees are on a 90-day probation period with the management firm after they are hired
Conzel also visited Malvern and said the district is in its first year with outsourcing. “They were struggling,” she said.
Some of the practices which concerned Conzel at Lakeside were also found at Malvern.
Conzel did not visit Magnet Cove but called the cafeteria manager. “They were more positive but said the first year was very difficult.”
After discussing the other districts, Conzel asked questions about the possible change.
“Why outsource? Magnet Cove paid $340,000 to Chartwell,” the management firm.
“Why not invest in the existing program with new equipment and other items?
“Why bring outsiders in. Why have unhappy employees serving our children? Why serve previously prepared items. What does this benefit this district?
“We have parents, grandparents and former students on our staff.”
Conzel has worked in the local district for 27 years. She said she has been president of the state School Food Services Association. “I’ve always represented the Nashville School District and our students. The past two years have been especially demanding with new state and federal regulations. I want to continue to work for our school. We know some things need changing, and we’re willing to do it,” Conzel said.
“I’d rather have our employees in food services than someone with no interest other than financial. We don’t want y’all to give up on us yet,” she said.
Superintendent Doug Graham said Conzel had “provided more information for us to give consideration to as we move forward.”
No action was taken.
The board considered other items at the March meeting.
Members heard a report on the Act 1280 requirement that next year’s ninth graders will take an online course before they graduate. More information will be provided in next week’s Leader.
The 2014-15 school calendar was approved. “It pretty well mirrors the 2013-14 calendar,” Graham said. Classes will begin Aug. 18.
Graham said that bids on the second phase of the high school renovation will be opened at 1 p.m. April 1 in the board room. “We’re anxiously awaiting the bid opening. If the bids are something we can live with, I hope we can get started in May. We should be able to get through in October or November.”
Graham said he is “hoping for around the $2.5 million mark.”
Board members accepted resignations from junior high coach and teacher Don Cooley, custodian Ruth Lively and high school special education teacher Cameron Allen.
The board transferred Coach Brian “Boomer” Brown from high school to junior high to succeed Cooley.
Brice Petty was hired as the district’s technology coordinator beginning April 1. He is currently the assistant to Gayland Hopper, who will resign effective March 31. Petty will be paid $22.99 per hour.
Other hirings include Gricelda Mays, food services; Regina Westfall, high school Spanish; Kenny Hughes, bus driver; Amy Turner, elementary teacher; and Abby Cortez, elementary teacher.
Nashville Junior High students will be taking state exams in the coming weeks.
On April 1, the ninth grade will take the IOWA exam.
Some students will participate in the PARCC field test April 2-3.
From April 7-11 the Benchmark will be administered to seventh and eighth graders.
End of Course Geometry will be given April 22-23.
Another PARCC field test will be given May 6, with EOC Algebra on May 13-14.
Officials at the school encourage all students to get plenty of rest the evening before the tests. Eating a good breakfast has been found to be helpful also. It is very important that students are present for all testing sessions.
For more information, call the school at 845-3418.
Nashville High School bandsmen were recognized Saturday night at the annual band banquet.
The following awards were presented:
Outstanding improvement in marching – Peyton Tarno.
Outstanding improvement in playing – Tina Daugherty.
Outstanding performance in guard – Alexis Wells.
Outstanding improvement in guard – Walter Dean.
Outstanding dedication in guard – Isaiah Motta.
Outstanding percussion – Braden Bowman.
Outstanding woodwind – Courtly Dougan.
Outstanding brass – Isaiah Motta.
Outstanding guard – Lindsey Colston.
Outstanding freshman – Matthew Nannemann.
Outstanding sophomore – Breana Amonette.
Outstanding junior – Alexis Wells.
Outstanding senior – Katelyn Wall.
Director’s Award – Alex Kwok.
By John R. Schirmer
The dry-erase “KBA Multi-Court Playmaker” in Coach Damon Williams’ office was never erased.
Right in the middle of the board, between the two courts, was a list which stayed up through four months of basketball.
It was the coaches’ pre-season poll for District 7-4A. Right there for coaches, players and visitors to see.
Arkadelphia was picked first.
The Scrappers were picked last.
Williams wrote the rankings on the board before the season started. The dry-erase stayed in his office at the old Scrapper Gym throughout the season, even after the basketball program moved to new quarters at Scrapper Arena. Williams still used the office while a p.e. class met in the old gym.
When the longest season in school history, almost four months, was over last week, the Scrappers had advanced to the final four teams in Class 4A. They went to the state tournament for the first time since 1963 and won their first two state games ever before falling to Lonoke in the semifinals March 10.
“I enjoyed it,” Williams said Friday morning as he reflected on the season. “I had fun. Other coaches don’t realize how good it is here at Nashville.”
The season started strong for the Scrappers as they went 6-0, a streak which included a win over Bauxite in their first game at Scrapper Arena. Blevins handed the team its first loss in the finals of the Nashville Bankers Holiday Classic.
Conference play saw ups and downs for the Scrappers, who finished strong and took the runner-up trophy at the 7-4A tournament in Scrapper Arena.
Nashville finished third in the regional tournament, also at Scrapper Arena, and moved on to state at Lonoke.
Along the way, fans turned out in large numbers to support the Scrappers. The arena was designed with a student section in mind, which was populated by the Bleacher Creatures. Those students rode with parents or filled two buses for the semifinal trip to Lonoke, where they sparred with their counterparts from the host school.
“I loved the support,” Williams said. “The community went the extra mile to watch us. The student section was great. I hope they continue next year. [Athletic Director James “Bunch”] Nichols realizes that. The support is tremendous.”
The Scrappers picked up some “signature wins” during the season, according to Williams. “Arkansas Baptist, Malvern, those were big wins. Arkadelphia was a big win. Maumelle was number one in the state” when the Scrappers defeated the Hornets in the state quarterfinals. Those were huge steps for the program. And we had a shot at the finals.”
As a result of the Scrappers’ turnaround, “The kids know we can win. The community realizes this sport can be [successful] here at Nashville. It can happen,” Williams said.
The players bought into Williams’ style as the season progressed. “I’m very intense on the sidelines. It took them a bit to get used to me. I expect them to get after it and play hard. That’s all I wanted,” Williams said.
“The kids know basketball can be successful. That’s a whole different outlook. THe new arena made a huge difference. It’s second to none,” Williams said.
“It was fun to watch the kids grow. Every day they wanted to come to practice. That’s hard to do,” Williams said.
The Scrappers had “great senior leadership. I’m going to miss them. Other players looked up to them and respected what they did,” Williams said.
Brandon Shamrock likely will receive some notice from college coaches, Williams said. Cameron Alexander has already signed to play football at Ouachita Baptist. “He’s a great competitor. He’ll do well at OBU,” Williams said.
With the season completed, Williams said he will help with the football offseason program and start planning for the next basketball season. “I want to support the other sports like they’ve helped me. The support here is amazing. I appreciate the faculty, administration, everybody.”
Assistant coaches Aaron Worthen and Jerry Baker worked with Williams during the season. Baker served as strength and conditioning coach for the Scrappers. In addition to being an assistant with the high school program, Worthen was head coach for junior Scrapper basketball. Williams helped him most days before senior high practice.
All three coaches were on the bench for games.
“I want to work together,” Williams said.
Williams marks the third head coach in three years for the high school basketball program. “We need stability,” he said. “I plan on being here. I’m looking forward to the future.”
Williams wants this season’s success to carry over into coming years. “I’m proud of our seniors. They’ve started something that we’ll continue. They can look back and say we started this. They were the first to go to the state tournament in 51 years and started the tradition. We want it year in and year out. We want people around the state talking about Nashville basketball. That’s exciting for our kids,” Williams said.
“I’m looking forward to next year and hope to go one game further.”
PRESCOTT – The Nashville Scrappers won the Prescott National Guard Wolf Relays Thursday, March 13.
The Scrappers finished the meet with 96 points, followed by De Queen with 95. Magnolia was third with 78, Maumelle fourth with 65 and Prescott fifth with 64.
Finishes for other area schools include Gurdon sixth, Ashdown eighth, Camden Fairview ninth, Hope twelfth and Arkansas High thirteenth.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
4 x 800-m relay – First, 8:59.9. Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Braden Bowman and Robbie Morphew.
110-m hurdles – Fifth, Brandon Shamrock, 16.63.
100-m dash – Fourth, Jalen Jones, 11.61; eighth, Jackson Beavert, 11.783.
1600-m run – First, Eric Perez, 4:44.07.
4 x 100-m relay – Third, Andrew Hawthorne, Beavert, Jamie Newton and Jones, 45.37.
400-m dash – First, Beavert, 52.00.
800-m run – First, Eric Perez, 2:04.95.
200-m dash – Fourth, Jones, 23.73.
3200-m run – Third, Eric Perez, 10:29.31.
4 x 400-m relay – Second, Beavert, Corey Cooper, Kayion Burris and Shamrock, 3:44.14.
High jump – Second, Shamrock, 6-0.
Shot – Fourth, Rashon Lee, 45-7.
Discus – Second, Lee, 132-2.
Nashville finished fourth in the Junior Scrapper Relays March 11 at Scrapper Stadium. De Queen won the meet with 162 points, followed by Prescott with 125, Genoa Central with 101, Nashville with 94 and Fouke with 46. Murfreesboro was sixth with 33. Ashdown, Trinity Christian, Foreman and Gurdon rounded out the field.
Results for the junior Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 1. Sam Cogburn, 5-06. 5. Darius Hopkins, 5-04. 8. C.J. Spencer, 5-04.
Triple jump – 3. Spencer, 36-09.5.
Shot put – 2. Jarvis Holmes, 48-08. 7. Kirby Adcock, 37-09.
Discus – 6. Austin Bowman, 116-04.
Pole Vault – 7. Gage Webb, 6-06.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Kenneth Luper, Alec Littlefield, Rigo Resendez and Steven Murrofo, 10:04.
110-m hurdles – 4. Gibbs, 17.88.
100-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 11.24. 5. Gibbs, 11.86.
1600-m run – 5. Tyler Hanson, 5:38.16. 8. Murrofo, 5:49.15.
4 x 100-m relay – 5. Littlefield, Gibbs, Cogburn and T’Darion Walton, 49.16.
400-m dash – 8. Luper, 59.19.
300-m hurdles – 2. Gibbs, 45.65.
200-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 23.13. 7. Dee Sasser, 29.97.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Littlefield, Resendez, Ty Turney and Mace Green, 4:08.13.
One Scrapperette and three Scrappers have received District 7-4A post-season honors.
Senior Kassidy Snowden was named first team All-District. She was also selected for the Class 4A state All-Tournament team.
Senior Cameron Alexander was named first team All-District 7-4A. He was selected for the Class 4A state All-Tournament team.
Senior Brandon Shamrock was named second team All-District.
Junior LaMichael Pettway was honorable mention All-District.
By John Balch
HOT SPRINGS – The civil rights action by a female former jail inmate against three former Pike County law enforcement employees has been scheduled for trial this summer.
The case filed by Tina A. Morgan against former sheriff, Preston “Pep” Glenn of Billstown, and former jail employees, Kenny White of Murfreesboro and Paul Cowart of Glenwood, will be heard Sept. 3 in the United States District Court, Western Division of Arkansas. Judge Barry A. Bryant will preside.
Morgan, who is currently an inmate in the state prison system, first filed the civil rights action against the three former employees in July 2011, but a revised version was refiled in August 2012. The case was assigned a trial date last Wednesday and Judge Bryant wrote, “No continuances will be granted except for good cause shown.”
On Feb. 6, Judge Bryant denied a motion of summary judgment submitted by the defense.
Morgan, 42, spent eight months incarcerated in the Pike County Jail in 2009-2010. She contends that during this time her constitutional rights were violated when she was sexually harassed and coerced into exposing herself to male inmates and male jailers, according to case information.
Morgan alleges that state-assigned inmates known as “309’s” were allowed into the female holding pods and were allowed to engage in sexual acts with the female inmates. The 309’s would give female inmates treats in exchange for exposing themselves, she said. “According to Plaintiff, they were poorly fed and she exposed herself (in) return for cookies and ice cream.”
Morgan further alleges when she initially informed Glenn of the situation that he failed to put safeguards in place and did not make any changes in the policies and procedures. She said she informed Glenn on three different occasions, and another inmate also made a complaint about the activity.
Morgan also claims she told her public defender during a phone call about the situation and she was informed “to be quiet about it all or it would make my time harder.” Morgan also stated she had documented incident dates on a homemade calendar and had saved two pairs of underwear. Case information does not indicate to whom the underwear belongs.
White’s and Cowart’s alleged involvement begins with accusations they made requests of a sexual nature over the jail’s intercom system and also continued to allow the 309’s access to the female holding pods. The two former jailers are also accused of developing a signal using flashlights for the female inmates to “let them know it was time to perform sexual acts.” Morgan contends if the inmates did not perform “ice cream, cigarettes and food would be withheld as punishment” or that the items would be used for coercion.
It is noted in the case that in April 2010, jailer Sherry Gosney submitted an incident report where she witnessed the plaintiff and another inmate exposing and touching themselves as Cowart watched. Another incident is noted where former jailer Randy Abbott is mentioned as a witness to similar conduct and that he had documented the incident with a camera phone.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections eventually became aware of the alleged conduct involving the state prisoners and the Act 309 inmate program was discontinued at the Pike County Jail the summer of 2011. The state prisoners are housed in county jails throughout the state to increase the number of prison beds, reduce costs of incarceration and assist sheriffs with manpower. Counties are paid to house the state prisoners.
An ADC spokesperson told The Nashville Leader at the time “a couple of incidents” resulted in first a suspension and later termination of the 309 program. The incidents included 309’s being allowed to access computers and the Internet and they were also allowed to fingerprint incoming prisoners. An investigation further determined that the state prisoners were being allowed to pass out medication to both male and female prisoners. Another ADC investigation in July 2010 found the state prisoners had acted inappropriately toward female prisoners and the incident had been witnessed but not prevented by an official.
Cowart, who became a full-time jail employee July 1, 2010, submitted a letter of resignation on Aug. 16, 2010. He cited “personal reasons” for his departure and Glenn said at the time Cowart was not required or forced to resign.
White resigned September 2013 from county employment as well as his position as county coroner.
Glenn left office before his term was complete after being defeated in the last election cycle by current sheriff, Charlie Caldwell. Glenn took a job with the South Central Drug Task Force before leaving that post to work in another area of law enforcement.
Morgan states in a handwritten filing that she wants Glenn, Cowart and White removed from their positions and, “I would also like a sentence reduction. I feel like due to me filing a law suit (sic) and not keeping my mouth shut while in jail that I got a stiffer punishment. I would also ask the court to grant me monetary gain for mental damages.”
By John R. Schirmer
The Nashville Scrappers won three games in four days last week, picked up another win Monday and ran their season record to 7-0.
They defeated Smackover, Junction City, Foreman and Magnet Cove as the non-conference portion of the schedule continues.
UPDATE: The Scrappers beat Fouke Thursday, 7-6, and will wrap up the week with a home game against Dierks Friday at 5 p.m.
Nashville will compete in the Magnolia Tournament during spring break next week with games set for March 28 and 29.
After falling behind 2-1 in the second inning, the Scrappers put up four runs in the fourth and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Smackover Buckaroos March 11 at Southern Arkansas University.
Nick Myers scored first for the Scrappers early in the game. Smackover came back with a run in the bottom of the first.
The Buckaroos added another score in the bottom of the second.
Neither team scored in the third before the Scrappers exploded for four runs in the fourth. Scores came from Trace Beene, Myers, Zach Jamison and Kyler Lawrence as the Scrappers went on top 5-2.
Smackover scored once in the fifth and once in the seventh.
For the game, the Scrappers put up 5 runs on 7 hits with 5 errors. The Buckaroos had 4 runs, 9 hits and 2 errors.
Justin Reed pitched 4 innings against Smackover, with 2 from Dylan Chambers and 1 from Alex Curry.
Reed struck out 4 batters, with 2 strikeouts each by Chambers and Curry.
The Scrappers jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Junction City in the first inning and never looked back on their way to a 10-2 win March 13 at Wilson Park.
Lawrence, Jamison and Cameron Alexander had 2 runs each for the Scrappers, who ended the game with 10 hits and no errors. Junction City had 3 errors and 5 hits.
Other Scrapper scores came from Williams, Kory Snodgrass, Myers and Chambers.
Curry was the leading hitter for Nashville with 3. Alexander was next with 2, followed by Lucas Liggin, Lawrence, Snodgrass, Myers and Chambers with 1 each.
Curry was the team’s RBI leader with 3. Ty Whitworth, Snodgrass and Alexander had 1 a piece.
Curry pitched all 7 innings, striking out 12 Junction City batters. He gave up 5 hits, no earned runs and 1 walk.
The Scrappers won their third game of the week March 14 with a 9-0 victory over Foreman. Their 9 runs came off 8 hits with no errors against the Gators.
Liggin pitched the shutout, striking out 9 Foreman batters and giving up only 2 hits.
Myers led the Scrappers in scoring with 3 runs, followed by Jamison and Lawrence with 2 each, and Williams and Chambers with 1 each. Lawrence had 2 hits, with 1 each from Liggin, Myers, Alexander, Blake Hockaday, Curry and Jamison.
Nashville posted 6 RBIs, with 2 each from Lawrence and Jamison and 1 each from Alexander and Curry.
The Scrappers led 5-0 after the fourth inning and put up 4 more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Nashville defeated Magnet Cove 4-1 Monday afternoon in a non-conference game.
Myers was 3-3 at bat.
Alexander hit an RBI double in the third inning.
Scrapper scores came from Lawrence, Myers, Alexander and Curry.
The Scrappers had 7 runs and 1 error against Magnet Cove.
Reed pitched the entire game, giving up 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 9 batters.
By John R. Schirmer
The Scrapperettes picked up 2 wins in 3 games during the weekend at the Benton Tournament.
They opened the tournament with a 6-3 win over Magnolia Friday, March 14. The next morning, they led Sheridan 1-0 before a five-run fourth inning led the Yellowjackets to a 5-1 victory. The Scrapperettes bounced back Saturday afternoon by defeating Wynne 11-1 in four innings.
The tournament games were played with a 90-minute time limit.
“We competed well,” Coach Paul Ernest said. “We played good defense. We had great pitching all weekend.”
Class 4A Nashville and Class 3A Perryville were the smallest schools at the tournament, according to Ernest. The other teams were 5A or higher.
“We saw some of the teams we’ll see this weekend at the tournament of Champions,” Ernest said. “We can compete.”
The Scrapperettes will face Brookland Friday at 9:15 p.m. at Burns Park in North Little Rock. The tournament continues Saturday.
The game started slowly for the Scrapperettes, who had defeated Magnolia 14-5 in a regular season game earlier in the week.
“We looked a little like we thought we’d won 14-5 again. We didn’t hit as well,” Ernest said of the early going.
The Lady Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and neither team managed another run until the fourth, when Kynnedi Gordon hit a 3-run home run for the Scrapperettes, who went on top 5-2.
Magnolia scored again in the bottom of the fourth, and the Scrapperettes added a run in the top of the fifth to take the 6-3 win.
Nashville put up 7 hits against the Lady Panthers and had 3 errors. Magnolia had 3 hits and no errors.
Scrapperette scores came from Gordon, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright, Kaylea Carver and Maddi Horton. Scrapperettes recording hits included Kacey Hinds, Gordon, Kesterson, Brittany Middleton, White, Miller and Carver. Gordon led the team in RBIs with 3; Miller had 2, and White added 1.
Brittany Hilliard pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 3 runs and 2 hits. She struck out 3 Magnolia batters. Anna Kesterson pitched 1.2 innings, giving up no runs and 1 hit while striking out 2 Lady Panthers.
Horton put the Scrapperettes on top 1-0 early in the second inning Saturday morning against Sheridan. However, that would be the only score for Nashville as the Lady Yellowjackets put together a 5-run fourth inning of their own to take the win.
“We won 4 of the 5 innings and had 1 bad inning when Sheridan hit the grand slam home run” in the fourth, Ernest said.
Nashville and Sheridan had 5 hits each for the game, and the Scrapperettes recorded the only error of the contest.
Nashville hits came from Carver with 2 and 1 each from Alyssa Harrison, Kathleen Lance and Miller.
Miller pitched the entire game, facing 25 batters.
The Scrapperettes wrapped up the tournament by defeating Wynne 11-1 Saturday afternoon.
Nashville led 201 after the second inning but added 5 runs in the third and 4 in the fourth. For the game, the Scrapperettes had 11 runs, 4 hits and 1 error. Wynne had 1 run, 5 hits and 4 errors.
Gordon, Wright and Miller had 2 runs each, with 1 run a piece from Hinds, Lance, Chelsey Hile, Horton and Kendall Kirchhoff.
Nashville had 7 RBIs from Hinds, Lance, Kaycee Patrick, Middleton, Wright, Gabi Dougan and Carver.
The 4 hits came from Harrison, Lance, Patrick and Miller.
Anna Kesterson pitched the 4-inning game, facing 17 batters and giving up 1 run.
The Scrapperettes traveled to Magnolia March 11 and came home with a 14-5 win. Nashville had 12 hits against the Lady Panthers but also committed 8 errors. Magnolia had 6 hits and 3 errors.
The Lady Panthers led 4-0 after the first two innings before the Scrapperettes began their comeback. Nashville put up 5 runs in the third inning, 2 in the fourth, 3 in the fifth, 2 in the sixth and 2 in the seventh to take the win. They gave up only 1 other run to Magnolia.
Four RBIs from Miller helped lead the Scrapperette rally. Other RBIs included 2 from Gordon and 1 each from Harrison, Avery Kesterson and White.
Avery Kesterson and Carver scored 3 runs each, Lance added 2, with 1 run a piece from KeeKee Richardson, Harrison, White, Wright, Miller and Mattie Jamison.
Miller and Avery Kesterson were the leading batters with 3 hits each. Harrison, Gordon, Lance, White, Wright and Carver had 1 each.
Miller pitched the entire game, facing 34 batters, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and striking out 6.
Nashville visited Horatio Monday afternoon
“We have a lot of talented girls,” Ernest said. “There are 28 on the roster and 20-plus can help us. We’re young. We have 12 freshmen.”
The Scrapperettes also have “great senior leadership. They’ve put a lot of time and energy into the program,” Ernest said. The seniors won back-to-back state championships their sophomore and junior seasons.
The Scrapperettes are batting well so far, with a .342 average.
Avery Kesterson has the highest percentage so far at .562 and has 7 runs on the season.
Miller has a .524 average and 10 RBIs.
Carver is batting .500 through last week’s games.
The Scrapperettes’ on-base percentage so far is .447. “We’re drawing some walks. Seven have been it by pitches,” Ernest said.
Carver’s on-base percentage is .636. “She has yet to strike out.”
TO ANSWER your first question, the store that sells a winning Arkansas lottery ticket receives an amount equal to 1% of the winner’s prize.
TO ANSWER your second question, those ‘scratch-off’ lottery tickets can cost up to $10 per card, depending upon the number of scratch-off spaces, the prize, and the payoff odds. There are lotsa games on colorful cards.
TO ANSWER your third question, I’m not going to interview Norman Johnson of the Paraloma community located between Mineral Springs and Ben Lomond because I figger he’s got friends and relatives and perfect strangers coming out of the woodwork since news got out he’d won $500,000 on an Arkansas Lottery scratch-off. They all have sensible suggestions as to how he can best divest himself of that windfall.
The winning scratch-off ticket was purchased at B’s Quick Stop in Mineral Springs where Mr. Johnson has been a weekly customer for lottery tickets. When the Arkansas Lottery began a couple of years ago, I went down to B’s and got a picture of the first customers buying their tickets. And they were lined up to buy them, too.
If you buy a ticket at B’s, you’ll probably buy it from Delagene Byers, the proprietor, or her twin sons Blake and Brock, who take turns at the checkout counter. Last Friday, Brock told me he wasn’t sure exactly who sold Mr. Johnson the winning scratch-off.
I’ve gotta tell you that Brock was also a little nervous at the battery of questions from a nosey newsman. He’s normally pretty quick with a quip. He’s also more accustomed to taking my money for one of Delagene’s low-cal steak sandwiches.
While I talked with Brock, there was a steady stream of customers, most of them coming in for a softdrink and a lottery ticket. I talked to one guy who purchased a handful of scratch-offs. He tucked them into his jacket pocket. “Aren’t you going to scratch them?” I asked. Nope, he answered, it’s bad luck to scratch them off inside the store. He took his tickets and drove away, but not before telling me that he had once won $20,000 in the Texas lottery scratch-off.
TO ANSWER your fourth question, I don’t buy scratch-offs, but I do occasionally contribute a couple of bucks to the scholarship lottery fund through one of the other games when the prize gets really, really, really big. In my heart I know that there’s not a chance I’ll win $673.6 million, but then I remind myself that somewhere, someone IS going to win that obscene amount of money.
And, of course, my main object is to help deserving Arkansas kids with the scholarships. Honest.
Usually the lottery office announces that someone at Waldo or Walnut Ridge, or Dermott has won a big prize. Not so often towns from down our way.
So, congrats to Mr. Johnson and to B’s.
TO ANSWER your fifth question, B’s prize for selling that winning scratch-off was $5,000.
ST. PADDY’S DAY. It was Monday and I forgot to wear green, of course. Luckily, no one pinches your cheek, anymore, if you forget to wear green.
Up in Boston, which is the Irish stronghold of America, the ‘Irish’ got to hold their traditional parade despite threats from many — including City Hall — if parade organizers did not allow a group of Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Trans-Gender (GLBT) marchers. The Samuel Adams beer folks, in fact, withdrew their financial support because the marchers were not allowed.
The parade is privately-funded, and organizers get to decide who gets to march and who doesn’t.
I think the GLBT marchers were mostly concerned with calling attention to their desire for acceptance, not for honoring St. Patrick or the Irish. I’m sure there have been plenty of fine folks who were BOTH Irish and GLBT. The kernel here is that if the GLBT folks had put on some green and had been more intent upon honoring St. Paddy and the Irish, they wouldn’t have met with opposition.
This little bit of wisdom is from someone who has never, ever made anyone mad. Honest.
YOU CAN BE EXCUSED if you do not fully understand the big scientific announcement this week that scientists now have a better idea about the “Big Bang” which they say launched the universe 13.8 billion, that’s a buncha zeroes, years ago.
The theory is call ‘cosmic inflation,’ and it’s complicated because it involves space-time gravitational waves. My own theory is that this may or may not have been the way the Almighty caused everything to happen.
I will attempt to explain their other guys’ theory
THINGS I LEARNED from reading email: A mouse trap placed on top of your alarm clock will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.
HE SAID: “It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” Honore de Balzac, French playwright
SHE SAID: “We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is yourself — your own house — which we never do.” Marina Abramovic, artist
SWEET DREAMS, Baby
Ed Allmon, 93, of Murfreesboro, died Monday, March 10, 2014.
Survivors include: his wife, Dolly Allmon; sons, Jerry Allmon and wife, Cathy, Donnie Allmon and wife, Twyla, and Ricky Allmon and wife, Barbara; daughters, Ann O’Donnell and husband, Mike, Linda Stinson and husband, John, and Delores Marsh and husband Steve; a stepson, Kenny Harrison and wife, Lisa; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He donated his body to the Medical Education & Research Institute in Memphis.
Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Online condolences at hotspringsfh.com.
Brenda Buckley, 54, of Delight, died March 13, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born July 16, 1959 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of Phillip Parks and the late Judy Thompson Cason.
She was a member of the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pisgah, Ark.
Survivors include: her husband, Roger Buckley of Delight; two daughters, Kristina Reid and husband, Adam, of Kirby, and Holly Womack and husband, Derrik, of Nashville; two brothers, Phillip Parks Jr. of Emmet, and John James Parks, of Genoa; a sister, Vickie McCoy of Dallas, Texas; also grandchildren.
Visitation was on Sunday March 16, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Funeral services were Monday March 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Pisgah, with Bro. Curtis Abernathy officiating. Burial followed in Bowen Cemetery near Delight under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Betty Lou Gilbert
Betty Lou Gilbert, 80 of Cross Roads, Ark., died Sunday, March 16.
She was born July 20, 1933 in Hempstead County, the daughter of the late Sherman Roberts and Lillian Roberts Hickerson.
She attended the Old Liberty Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard E. “Sonny” Roberts.
Survivors include: her husband of 71 years, Charles William Gilbert of Cross Roads; a son; Charles William Gilbert, II , and wife, Patty, of Cross Roads; a daughter; Charlene Ort, and husband, Randy, of North Little Rock; a brother; Sherman Roberts of Cambridge, Mass.; also grandchildren.
Visitation was 6-8 Tuesday, March 18, at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home, 1001 South Main Street Hope.
Funeral services were Wednesday, March 19 at Old Liberty Church in the Crossroads Community. with Randy Ort and Bro. Charles Hawley officiating. Burial followed in Westmoreland Cemetery at Cross Roads.
Madden Beckett Smelser
Madden Beckett Smelser was born on February 26, 2014 in Hot Springs, the son of Jade Blaauw and Anthony Smelser.
He died March 14 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
Funeral Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Holly Creek Baptist Church in Dierks, with burial to follow in Greens Chapel Cemetery near Dierks under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
By John Balch
Two years after an investigative audit began looking in to the handling of the South Pike County School District’s band funds, a felony theft charge has been filed against the district’s former band director.
An application and affidavit for warrant of arrest was filed March 3 in Pike County Circuit Court against Robert W. Tucker, 36, who now resides in Carl Junction, Mo., where his Facebook page states he works as a sales consultant at a local car dealership. Tucker is accused of taking and exercising “unauthorized control” of monies from fund-raising activities that belonged to the school district in the amount of $3,079.
The affidavit was prepared by Special Agent Jimmie O. Thomas of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and signed by Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jana Bradford. The theft of property charge was filed as a Class D felony, punishable with a prison term of up to six years and a fine up to $10,000.
Tucker, who was hired in June 2011 as Rattler Band director, resigned in February 2012 after being suspended for using profanity in the classroom and pending the outcome of an investigation in to “financial irregularities” discovered by school officials.
During Tucker’s paid suspension, Superintendent Roger Featherston sent him a letter that requested a written explanation “including as much evidence as possible” concerning funds for the band’s T-shirt and beef jerky sales. A second letter was also sent to Tucker again asking for explanation, but Tucker never replied to the letters and he submitted his resignation on Feb. 24. He and his family left Arkansas on Feb. 26, headed for his home state of Michigan.
According to information filed on the case, the audit determined $2,912 was unaccounted for along with unauthorized disbursements of $167. “Unaccounted-for funds included $984 in T-shirt sales and fundraiser proceeds of $1,928 in beef jerky sales,” according to the audit. The unauthorized disbursements included $66 for “groceries and dog food” and a reimbursement of $101 without adequate documentation.
Tucker told Agent Thomas in August 2013 that he had “received a letter from the State of Arkansas and he was under the impression that this was all a misunderstanding and that the school district was to blame.” He also stated he had reimbursed the district for the personal items he “inadvertently” purchased using the school district’s Walmart credit card. Featherston disputed Tucker’s claim and told the investigator that Tucker did not follow school district procedures and had not reimbursed the school for any of the unaccounted-for monies.
Tucker’s handling of the privately-funded Rattler Band Booster’s account was also part of the initial investigative audit but no charge has been brought in relation to his use of a booster debit card to purchase personal items and food in the amount of $126.37. The day he left for Michigan, Tucker paid the band boosters back with $184 cash.
In May 2012, Tucker disputed the findings of the audit when he was contacted via Facebook. He told The Nashville Leader that he gave away close to a $1,000 worth of band T-shirts to office personnel and teachers. He added there were still band T-shirts in the band hall when he left.
“(The T-shirts) were never a fundraiser, although they tried to call it that,” Tucker wrote in response. “It was an expense, and I’m sure that the number of shirts I gave away will match the missing funds.”
As for the $1,928 unaccounted-for funds, Tucker replied, “I told the investigator to do an audit of the instrument room now, and put it against the inventory at the beginning of the year. I purchased a large number of instruments and they should find many instruments that were not there at the beginning of the year, at least 8-10 instruments were purchased, and that would show you where the missing $1,900 is.”
Tucker also questioned whether the instrument comparison inventory was ever conducted. “I requested the instrument inventory comparison months ago, and have seen no evidence of it being completed.”
When questioned by Agent Thomas, Tucker said he had used the money from the fundraisers to pay cash for band instruments at various pawn shops and yards sales and “did not think to get a receipt for them.” Tucker also told Agent Thomas that the school had done an inventory and it was proven the district had 15 or 16 new instruments he had purchased.
When Tucker was contacted last week, he said he was unaware of any charge being brought against him and stood by his claims he made to the newspaper in 2012.
Four not guilty, or not true, pleas were given, last Wednesday in the regular day for criminal court in Nashville.
On the bench was Judge Charles Yeargan.
Mitchell McKnight, 34, white male, Nashville pleaded not true to a charge of failure to meet the terms of his probation on a July 2012 conviction for breaking or entering, and for theft of property, class D and C felonies, respectively. His probation revocation trial will be May 14. He will be represented by the public defender.
A not guilty plea was given by Gregory Boeckman, 36, white male, 1003 Walters Ave., Dierks, who is charged with class B felony theft by receiving. Pretrial motions will be heard July 2.
Not guilty pleas were given to two felony criminal actions against Edmond Lewis, 42, white male, Hwy. 317, Lockesburg. Lewis is facing multiple counts of commercial burglary and theft of property in connection to thefts from rural churches in Howard County and in Sevier County. He will be represented by the public defender. Pretrial motions will be heard June 4 with a trial date set for June 17.
Dominique Trevon Brumfield, 29, black male, 3106 Hw. 26, Nashville, was granted a continuance in one criminal case, and entered a not true plea in another. He is charged with failure to meet the terms of his probation on a July 2013 conviction for commercial burglary, a felony, and criminal attempt of theft of property, a misdemeanor. His probation revocation trial was set for April 30, and he will be represented by the public defender.
Brumfield faces additional felony charges of commercial burglary and theft of property. His trial on that charge was set for May 20.
Two defendants pleaded guilty and received sentences.
Maron Ray Bohon, 51, white male, 392 Mt. Carmel Road, Dierks, pleaded guilty to a class Y felony charge of rape. He was sentenced to 25 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) with seven years suspended.
The state moved to nolle prosse (not pursue) one criminal charge in return for guilty pleas to three others in the case of Delonte Armstrong, 20, black male, 410 W. Henderson, Nashville.
Armstrong was charged with possession of Schedule VI drugs, a class C felony; possession charge enhanced by location; possession of a defaced firearm, class Y felony; simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, a class Y felony; and criminal use of a prohibited weapon, class D felony. Count 4 was dismissed. He was sentenced to 15 years with five years suspended on Count 1; 6 years on Count 2; and 15 years with five suspended on Count 3. All sentences to be served concurrently. He must make restitution of $3,307 to the sheriff’s office.
Eight requests for continuances were granted.
A failure to appear warrant was ordered for Lee L. Harris, 31, black male, 432 Rosston Road, Prescott, who missed his court appearance on charges of hindering apprehension, theft of property and fleeing. When Harris is apprehended he will not be granted bond.
By Jana Copeland
Nashville High School junior Rachel Dawson, District 4 President and the State Vice President of FBLA put together a community fundraiser for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
They made announcements over the intercom at school for anyone that had been a patient at this hospital or knew someone from Nashville that had. They were instructed to pick up a sheet from the office and turn pictures in of when they were a patient and now. There were 27 patients and 5 doctors and staff members recognized.
Dawson put all of the information and pictures into a video, which was shown over a period of three nights at the Regional Basketball Tournament.
“We earned around $1,800 and that was such a blessing. My expectation was about $300-$400, and God just multiplied and touched people’s hearts to give. I am so beyond grateful.”
Her helpers were Terri McJunkins, Katelyn Smith, her family, Lydia Gaddis and many others who held the buckets.
“I would like to thank everyone who helped in this community service project and everyone who donated money for this amazing cause.”
DE QUEEN – The Nashville Scrappers finished third at the Leopard Relays March 6 at Leopard Stadium.
Camden Fairview won the meet with 120 points, followed by De Queen with 118. The Scrappers finished with 87 followed by Magnolia with 66, Ashdown with 58 and Maumelle with 55 to round out the top six.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
100-m dash – Jackson Beavert fourth, 11.92; Jalen Jones fifth, 11.93.
200-m dash – Jones fourth, 24.12; Andrew Hawthorne sixth, 24.37.
400-m dash – Kayvion Burris ninth, 55.95; Jallon Gamble 13th, 58.79.
800-m run – Eric Perez first, 2:06.24; Robbie Morphew fifth, 2:17.27.
1600-m run – Perez first, 4:44.46.
3200-m run – Perez first, 10:44.02.
4 x 100-m relay – Nashville fourth, Hawthorne, Beavert, Lee Scroggins and Jones, 45.39.
4 x 400-m relay – Nashville fourth, Beavert, Scroggins, Burris and Gamble, 3:49.60.
4 x 800-m relay – Nashville second, Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Braden Bowman and Morphew, 9:03.47.
High jump – Turrell Grundy seventh, 5-06.
Long jump – Grundy eighth, 119-09; Hawthorne ninth, 119-02.
Triple jump – Grundy seventh, 40-10.
Shot put – Rashon Lee third, 46-00; Treveeon Walker tenth, 41-07.
Discus – Lee second, 130-00; Marvis Muldrow ninth, 117-06.
The Scrappers will compete Thursday at Prescott.
By John R. Schirmer
For the seventh time in 10 years, the Nashville Scrappers are the champions of the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament.
The Scrappers won the 2014 championship Saturday night with a 7-6 victory over Redwater, Texas, at Wilson Park.
Nick Myers, a Scrapper junior, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Other awards for Nashville included All-Tournament selections Alex Curry, Kyler Lawrence and Justin Reed.
“Great job, guys,” Coach Kyle Slayton said of his team’s performance. “Congratulations to Nick Myers for being named tourney MVP.”
Jeff Gross, son of the late Ralph Gross, presented the awards at the end of the tournament.
The Scrappers opened the tournament with a 7-6 win over Horatio March 6. Horatio took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Scrappers scored three times in the second.
The Lions tied the game at 3-3 in the third, and the contest remained deadlocked in the fourth and fifth innings as each team put up three runs. The Scrappers pulled away to stay in the bottom of the sixth when a sacrifice fly by Justin Reed scored Andy Graves and gave Scrappers the lead for good.
The Scrappers ended the night with 7 runs, 8 hits and 6 errors.
Dylan Chambers and Myers had 2 runs each, with 1 a piece from Lucas Liggin, Kory Snodgrass and Graves.
Reed pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and recording 3 strikeouts.
Curry finished the game with no hits and 3 strikeouts.
The Scrappers took a 4-2 win over Star City in the semifinals March 7.
Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added 2 runs in the second to go up 3-0. Star City scored both of its runs in the top of the third, and the Scrappers scored the final run of the night in the fourth.
Storm Nichols led the team with 2 runs; Myers and Ty Whitworth had 1 each.
Curry pitched the entire game, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and striking out 8.
The win over Star City sent the Scrappers to Saturday night’s championship game against Redwater.
Nashville jumped on top early, scoring twice in the first inning to go up 2-0. Redwater scored in the top of the second, with 2 Scrapper runs in the bottom of the inning.
Redwater narrowed the margin with 2 runs in the third and tied the contest at 4-4 in the top of the fifth. Nashville scored in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-4 lead; neither side scored in the sixth.
The seventh inning saw Redwater score twice, giving the Dragons a 6-5 lead as the game went to the bottom of the seventh.
Trace Beene scored on a passed ball to tie the game, and Zach Jamison scored the final run for the win.
Reed and Liggin pitched against Redwater. Liggin gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and struck out 1. Reed gave up 2 hits and 2 runs.
The Scrappers won the first Ralph Gross Memorial in 2005. Other titles came in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Ashdown won in 2006, Pleasant Grove, Texas, in 2008 and Shiloh Christian in 2012.
Slayton offered his thanks to “all the parents that had to help out this weekend at the Ralph Gross Tournament. Your time was appreciated. Big thanks also to Coach [James ‘Bunch’] Nichols and Twyla for all they do.”
With the tournament championship, the Scrappers are 3-0 on the season. They will host Junction City Thursday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. and Foreman Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m.
The Scrapperette softball team led through much of the season opener, but Mena scored 3 runs in the seventh inning to defeat Nashville 6-4 Friday afternoon at the Nashville City Park.
The Scrapperettes led 4-3 going into the seventh before the Lady Bearcats put the game away with 3 runs.
For the game, Nashville had 4 runs, 12 hits and an error. The Lady Bearcats had 6 runs on 11 hits with no errors.
Scrapperette scores came from Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White and Kaylea Carver.
Nashville hits came from Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright, Keeley Miller and Kaylea Carver with 2 each, and Kathleen Lance and Mattie Jamison with 1 each.
Miller recorded an RBI against Mena.
Anna Kesterson pitched the entire game for the Scrapperettes.
The Foreman Lady Gators took a 3-0 first inning lead over the Scrapperettes Monday afternoon and won the non-conference game 12-5.
Scrapperette runs came from Brittany Hilliard, Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White and Kaylea Carver.
Nashville recorded 12 hits against the Lady Gators.
Hilliard and Anna Kesterson pitched for the Scrapperettes.
By John R. Schirmer
LONOKE – Lonoke held off a fourth-quarter Nashville comeback attempt and defeated the Scrappers 50-39 in the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament Monday afternoon at the Gina Cox Center on the campus of Lonoke High School.
The Scrappers led early in the game before Lonoke went on top 11-6 to end the first quarter.
By halftime, the Jackrabbits’ lead had grown to 21-13. In the third quarter, Lonoke outscored the Scrappers 15-10. The final quarter saw Nashville close the gap to within a couple of baskets as the Scrappers put up 16 point to Lonoke’s 14.
However, the rally fell short and the Jackrabbits pulled away for the 11-point win.
The Scrappers were plagued by missed shots from the field and from the free throw line. They completed 16 of 44 shots from the field for 36 percent. At the free throw line, Nashville was 6 of 16 for 37 percent.
Cameron Alexander and LaMichael Pettway were the leading scorers for the Scrappers with 11 points each. Brandon Shamrock added 7, with 5 from Darius Hopkins, 3 from Jamie Newton and 2 from Trey Hughes.
Alexander, Shamrock and Pettway were the leading rebounders with 8 each. Hopkins added 3 and Hughes recorded 4 against the Jackrabbits.
The Scrappers had 11 assists and 6 steals.
Black Mack led Lonoke with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Scrappers ended the season with a record of 17-13.
They were second in the District 7-4A tournament and third in the Class 4A South regional, both at Scrapper Arena.
Under first-year Coach Damon Williams, the Scrappers advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 1963 and secured the program’s first two wins at state last week against Stuttgart and Maumelle.
The team won its first game in the new Scrapper Arena Dec. 13 against Bauxite in the conference opener and its last game of the season at the arena, also against Bauxite in the regional tournament.
“It was an unbelievable season. We had the opportunity to win the whole thing,” Williams said Tuesday morning. “I think we can do it. I’m already looking forward to next season. We had a complete metamorphosis from the beginning of the season to the end.”
Scrapper fans traveled to Lonoke in droves for the semifinal game, the first time in school history for the Scrappers to advance that far in the state tournament.
Nashville students traveled to the game on two buses and with their families to cheer on the Scrappers. “The community really got behind the team, and it definitely helped the boys. They had never played in front of a crowd like this. It excited them to see the student body and fans.”
After the game, Williams looked toward the student section and clapped to thank the high school and junior high students who attended. “I clapped for our student section because they’re the best sixth man in basketball. I hope they’re at every game next season.”
Nashville opened the state tournament March 6 with a 60-50 win over Stuttgart.
The game was tied 9-9 in the first quarter, but the Scrappers went to halftime on top 26-19. The teams scored 13 points each in the third, and Nashville outscored Stuttgart 21-18 in the fourth.
The Scrappers hit 24 of 32 free throws for 75 percent and 14 of 41 shots from the field for 41 percent.
Nashville outrebounded Stuttgart 32-18.
Pettway was the Scrappers’ leading scorer with 17 points, followed by Hopkins and Alexander with 16 each, Shamrock with 7 and Hughes with 4.
Hughes led the team in rebounding with 10, followed by Alexander with 9.
“I thought if we contained Hamburg and kept them from the basket, we’d be okay. We did in the fourth quarter,” Williams said.
Nashville jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter, survived a Maumelle comeback and held on to defeated the top-seeded Hornets 66-65 Friday night.
The Scrappers led 55-44 going into the fourth quarter before Maumelle briefly took the lead. A basket by Hughes with 9 seconds left proved the winning shot for the Scrappers as they held on to win.
Pettway led the Scrappers with 18 points. Alexander and Hopkins added 15 a piece, with 14 from Shamrock and 4 from Hughes, including the game winner.
The Scrappers shot 52 percent from 2-point range, 57 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 48 percent from the free throw line.
Shamrock had 9 of the Scrappers’ 26 rebounds, with Pettway next at 7.
The win sent the Scrappers’ into the semifinals for the first time in school history.
“They’re playing well,” Williams said as the team began practice Sunday night. “They battled and did the things they need to do to win. I told them at the end that they needed one more rebound. It’s usually not the first shot that beats you; it’s the second.”
“Our guys realized that they are pretty good.”
The Friday night game was scheduled to begin at 8:30 but started around 9 p.m. after other games ran long. Players and fans arrived home between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Saturday.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. My bones tell me it’s still winter and there’s some cold still ahead for us, but on the last several nights I’ve heard bullfrogs croaking. And on my Tuesday night drive to-and-from Newhope last week, I saw no fewer than six plump raccoons run across the road in my headlight beams.
There were already a bunch of dead skunks on the hardsurface.
Animals are on the move in celebration of the promise of spring.
NO J-TURNS. Fined a total of $145 last week in District Court last week was a guy who couldn’t resist turning across traffic to grab a Main Street parking spot.
Somehow people are slow to learn that J-Turns are illegal in downtown Nashville. If you are spotted by a bonafide Nashville policeman while making a J-Turn you will most likely get a ticket and a date in District Court.
No so fast! Right outside our window, Friday, folks in our office saw a white Chevy Traverse back out of a parking space on the east side of the street, then make a J-Turn into a spot on the west side practically in front of “The Leader” office. This was technically a capital and cursive J-Turn, but I’ll bet that it is just as illegal as the lower case printed one.
The driver was a Murfreesboro lady, I’m told.
In the future I’m going to give license numbers.
Just wait ‘til the the mayor grants my formal request to be a deputy city policeman, thereby authorizing me to take charge of Main Street traffic and parking.
I’ll be fair but firm in handing out tickets for J-Turns. Sorry, only my closest friends and the sauciest women will get warning tickets.
And sagging. Congrats to the Mineral Springs City Council for passing a ‘sagging’ ordinance.
It’s disgusting, anti-social behavior.
LEFTOVERS. Forgot to tell you in last week’s column that because I stopped my pickup truck and turned its nose to the east so that Arabic Loretta Garmin could do her Muslim prayers, my GMC pickup is now listed as a convert to Islam in the US Census.
What I’m really worried about is whether or not Arabic Loretta will become a suicide bomber determined to take down some vital American institution.
Like the Peanut M&M factory. Oh boy, wouldn’t that be terrible!
I HAD INTENDED to give up sweets for Lent. That lasted until early Wednesday afternoon on the first day of Lent. I had stayed with my Lenten denial for a solid three hours which more or less reveals my total lack of self-control.
So, I had to fall back on ‘Old Reliable’ for Lenten self-denial. I’m giving up insects as food.
You think I’m kidding?
According to an outfit called LiveScience, some ‘experts’ are looking into how we’re going to feed the world’s population of 8 billion-plus, and they’ve decided that we need to start eating insects.
Some students at a university in Montreal, Canada, even won a cash prize for inventing a way to make nutritious flour from insects.
And a UN agri committee is seriously looking into ways to get the world’s population to eat insects.
Well, for one thing, they say that caterpillars can be boiled in salty water like crawdads, then sun-dried. Mmmmm!
And, if our local exterminators will just leave us a few of them, termites can be steamed in banananana leaves.
And grubs. We’re not talking about my dirty clothes, we’re talking about that underground white thingy that is so delicious when crisped over glowing charcoal.
And grasshoppers — roasted with garlic and squirted with tart juice from a lime.
And the African palm weevil is big enough to be panfried. Mmmm. Pass the hushpuppies, please. Who said there was a food shortage in Africa?
And stinkbugs. You thought they had only one use? Wrong. You remove the head which is the source of the stink, then you can cook them or eat them raw, like oysters. Next thing you know there will be ‘stinkbug bars’ in New Orleans.
And, the article closes, “mealworms are hard to beat.”
Yes, they certainly are.
I can see only one remaining question: Would a properly cultured gentleman prefer red or white wine to go with his sun-dried mealworms?
CANCER GAS CARD update. We’re about to surpass the $31,000 mark in gasoline vouchers handed out for cancer patient travel expenses since late 2007.
We had some good news and some sad news this week. First the good news : One of ‘our’ gas voucher-users got a clean bill of health from her doctor. Hooray!
But our friend Sherlene Sands finally lost her battle. What a fine lady; always cheerful! Peace to her family, and thanks to the Almighty for putting such wonderful people among us.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading stuff on the Internet: To avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables, get someone else to hold the vegetables while you chop.
HE SAID: “Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.” John Mason Good, scientist
SHE SAID: “A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.” Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia
SWEET DREAMS, Baby
Louella Ouise (Crosby) Boles
Louella Ouise (Crosby) Boles, daughter of the late Osmond and Bessie Poindexter Crosby, was born May 2, 1932, in Washington, Ark., Hempstead County. Louella was the youngest child of 7 brothers and sisters, Anita Crosby, Bernice Crosby, Wyatt Crosby, Olen Crosby, Kathryn (Crosby) Lewis, Aretha (Crosby) Cheatham and Bernadine Crosby.
Louella converted her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized in St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (C.M.E.) in Washington Ark. She departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Nashville Ark.
Louella attended Lincoln Elementary and High School in Washington, Ark., where she was an avid basketball player and choir singer. Because of being promoted from the 4th to 6th grade, Louella graduated early from Lincoln High at the age of 16. Afterwards she attended Arkansas AM&N, which is now the University Of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB).
After 2 years of college, Louella returned to Washington, Ark. In 1958, she united in holy matrimony with the late Lewis Lee Boles. Soon after making Center Point, Ark., her home, she became a loyal friend to many of the longtime residents.
Louella was known for her many wild game recipes and her love of gardening and canning. Louella joined the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Center Point, Ark. Louella was a dedicated and faithful member where over the years she was the pianist, choir leader, Sunday schoolteacher and church treasurer. As one of the original three founding members, Louella was instrumental in writing the Constitution and Bi-Laws for the Center Point Colored Cemetery Association (CPCCA).
Louella was a loving and faithful housewife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, daughter-in-law and friend to everyone. Louella unselfishly dedicated her life to her husband and his passion for hunting, sports and activities with the boys and especially her long awaited daughter Kelly. During her early childhood, she worked as a truck driver for her father’s paper and timber business and her mother’s café, Miss Bessie’s. Later in life, Louella worked as a rural advocate for the agency of Women, Infants and Children for the State Of Arkansas. She was a bus driver and worked in food services for Nashville Public Schools for over 15 years, before she retired. During her retirement, she volunteered as a driver for the Senior Citizen Center in Nashville, Ark., until her illness.
Louella was preceded in death in 1993 by her loving husband of 35 years, Lewis Lee Boles, in 2011; by her only daughter Kelly Louise Boles Scott and five of her siblings.
Louella is survived by: her sons, Darrell D. Works (Hermenia) of Tampa, Fla., Jerry L. Boles (Wendy) of Tampa, Fla., Stacy C. Boles (Kimberly) of Center Point, Ark., Danny L. Boles of Fort Worth, Texas, and Eundra L. Boles (Nichole) of
Little Rock, Ark. Louella has 11 grandchildren whom she cherishes dearly: Ra’Queisha “Kikki” Boles Washington (Greg), Ashley Boles, Stacy Boles II, Brittany Green, Phillip Anthony Boles, Felicia Mariah Boles, Jasmin Scott, Audrie Scott, Darian Works, Hunter Works, and Eden Boles. Louella has four great-grandchildren: Omarian and Anthony Deloney, Khaleel and Kadence Washington. Louella has two surviving sisters, Aretha Cheatham and Bernadean Crosby of Phoenix, Ariz. Other surviving family members include sister-in-law Cleola O. Boles of North Little Rock, Ark., brother-in-law Bob Lewis of Phoenix, Ariz., son-in-law Elbert Scott of Nashville, Ark., and many nephews, nieces, cousins and numerous friends.
The wake was at the Nashville Funeral Home on March 7 from 5-7 p.m.
The funeral was at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Nashville on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m.
Ralph ‘Bo’ England
Ralph “Bo” England, 41, of Cincinnati, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. He was the son of Ralph and Penny England of Nashville.
Survivors also include a sister, Ann Blankenship.
He was a registered nurse.
Funeral services will be Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Friendship Church of God, 560, Jordan Road, Nashville under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Cameron Scott Bearden
Cameron Scott Bearden, 22, of Nashville, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Texarkana, TX.
He was born Sept. 15, 1991, the son of Brian Bearden and Amy McFarland Bearden.
Survivors include: a brother, Jesse Bearden of Nashville.
A memorial service was held Tuesday March 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Mineral Springs church of Christ with Bro. Benjamin Neeley officiating.
Online sympathy messages at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Boyd Thomas, 67, of Nashville, Ark., died on Sunday March 9, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born on Jan. 28, 1947 in Nashville, the son of the late Brooks Thomas, and Hoyle and Edith Erwin.
He was a member of the Midway Baptist Church in Nashville, the Wildman Hunting Club, a six-year Army Reservist, 95th Division, Light Infantry, and was the Parts Manager at York Gary Autoplex for more than 40 years. He loved to hunt and fish.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Thomas; a son, Jeffery Boyd Thomas; and a brother, Marc Thomas; and a sister Billie Smith.
He is survived by: two daughters, Stephanie Wakefield and husband Eric of Nashville, and Tonya Garcia and husband Rory of Lawton, Okla.; one brother, Zane Thomas and wife Josie of Nashville, and three sisters, Dawanda Schwope of Nashville, Theresa Humphrey of Delight and Ramona Sullivan of Nashville; seven grandchildren – Tarah Briggs, Steven Wakefield, Dustin Wakefield, Morgan Thomas, Cade Helms, Chloe Helms and Ava Garcia; five great-grandchildren – Macey Briggs, Lincoln Briggs, Jasmine Wakefield, Steel Wakefield and Marlee Reinhold; and a host of relatives and friends.
Visitation was Tuesday March 11, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville, Ark.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday March 11, 2014 at the funeral home chapel with Bro. David Blase officiating.
You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
“P.” Sherlene Sands
“P.” Sherlene Sands, 59, of Nashville,died Monday, March 10, 2014.
She was born July 19, 1954 in De Queen, the daughter of the late Kelsie Elwood and Alma Fern Flemens Jester.
She was the Chief District Court Clerk for Howard County for more than 12 years. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, and was a member of the Elberta Chapter #538, Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Wayne Jester.
Survivors include: her husband of more than 33 years, Gary Sands of Nashville; four sons, Jamie E. Sands of Newhope; Scott G. Sands of Fort Wayne, Ind., Brian P. Sands of West Lafayette, Ind., and Gregory V. Sands of Nashville; a daughter, Tiffanie Stephens of Nashville; three brothers, Jeffrey Jester of Newhope, Mike Ford of Elk Hart, Ind., Chad Shake of Warren, Ind.; three sisters, Gwen Peters, Mondi Hill and Carrie Hill, all of Newhope; also grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services will be Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville with Brian Hill and Scott Feemster officiating. Interment will follow in County Line Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Gary Dale Ralls
Gary Dale Ralls, 76, of Taylor, Neb. died March 7, 2014 at the Valley County Health Systems Hospital in Ord, Neb.
Gary was born Oct. 9, 1937 in Loup County, Neb. to Gery and Edna (Roblyer) Ralls. Gary graduated from Loup County High School in 1955.
Gary’s first wife was Connie Copsey. Gary farmed and ranched. Gary married Darlene Craven in January of 1973. In the mid 1970s they moved to Arkansas. After Darlene’s death on Jan. 5, 1979 he continued to farm and ranch. He then met and married Jo (Gant) Dulaney on March 15, 1980. Gary and Jo helped form Rusty Relics Antique Tractor Club in 2004, which; continues to go on today.
Gary and Jo moved to Taylor in June of 2013.
Gary enjoyed his cattle, Allis Chalmers tractors and worked in his shop.
Gary is survived by his wife Jo Ralls of Taylor, Neb.; a daughter, Beth and her husband, Joey Bufkin, of Nashville, Ark.; a granddaughter, Kristina Thrash and her fiancé, Jordan Carpenter, and a great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Wright, all of Conway, Ark.; two sisters, Kathryn Krueger of Sunol, Neb. and Betty and Roger Goos of Taylor, Neb.; five step-children and their families, Deb and Larry Schwenke of Amboy, Minn., Vicky and Nyal Moninger of Dupree, S.D., Doug and Delores Craven of Bassett, Neb., Lyn and Jackie Craven of Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Jim Craven of Newport, Neb.; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Darlene Craven.
The end of the political filing season was sounded at noon, Monday, by the tinkling sound of a white, porcelain bell rung up and down the hallway of the county courthouse by Reba Sharp, secretary of the Howard County Democratic Party.
The Democratic Party ballot contains two races for constitutional offices, two for positions on the quorum court, and a race for constable.
Election day for the Primary Election is Tuesday, May 20, and early voting begins May 5. Persons wishing to vote by absentee may apply at the County Clerk’s office. Absentee ballots will be sent out beginning April 4, County Clerk Brenda Washburn said, Monday.
The last day to register and be eligible to vote in the election is April 20, and Washburn says that persons who register or apply for an absentee ballot must show photo identification, as they must at the polls.
Washburn urged persons who have married or moved to check with her office to make sure that they are still a registered voter.
Candidates will draw later for ballot positions.
Persons and races which will appear on the ballot (with names as they will appear on the ballot) include:
County Judge — Kevin S. Smith
Sheriff & Collector — Bryan K. McJunkin, Dale Pierce
Tax Assessor — Debbie Teague
County Clerk — Brenda Washburn
Circuit Clerk — Laurie Westfall, Angie Lewis
County Treasurer — Sheri Mixon
County Coroner — John Gray
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 1 (North) — Kerry Strasner
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 2 (Dierks) — Archie W. Cothren
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 3 (Central — Richard ‘Dick’ Wakefield, Kimberly Renee’ Adams Dunham
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 4 (Rural) — Janice Huffman
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 5 (Nashville D1) — Jerry Harwell
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 6 (Nashville D2) — Brent Pinkerton
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 7 (Nashville D3) — Martha S. Hobbs
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 8 (Southwest) — D.E. Ray, Jeanie S. Gorham
Justice of the Peace, Dist. 9 (South) — Bobby Don Turner
City of Nashville
Mayor — Billy Ray Jones
City Clerk — Mary L. Woodruff
Ward 1 — Pos. 1, Freddy L. Brown; Pos. 2, Joe Hoen
Ward 2 — Pos. 1, Donna Harwell; Pos. 2, Nick Davis
Ward 3 — Pos. 1, Monica D. Clark; Pos. 2, Vivian Annie Wright
Ward 4 — Pos. 1, Jimmie Lou Kirkpatrick; Pos. 2, Sharon K. Gathright
Ward 5 — Pos. 1, James L. Parker; Pos. 2, Carol Mitchell
Ward 6 — Pos. 1, Andy Anderson; Pos. 2, Michael C. Milum
Constable, Brewer Township — Dwain Wildbur, Jeremy W. Pickett
Tri-Lakes Water District Board — James C. White
Former city water department administrative assistant Mary Woodruff has filed for the new office of City Clerk, and new faces seeking seats on the city council include Joe Hoen and Donna Harwell.
There are two races for justice of the peace. Incumbent Dick Wakefield faces opposition from Kim Dunham in District 3, and incumbent Jeanie Gorham has opposition from D.E. Ray in District 8.
Pike County voters headed to the polls in May will decide the outcome of five contested races, including a three-way race for county judge and a seven-way race for an unpaid constable position.
As the filing period was coming to a close, most voters knew they would have a two-man race for county judge between Keith Couch of Nathan and Dewight Mack of Kirby. But Friday afternoon, John Young of Newhope surprised county officials when he added his name to the race for Pike County’s top seat.
Young, 61, is the owner of the Newhope One Stop, the town’s sole business. He is a native of Indiana but his wife, Brenda, hails from the area and they have resided in Pike County for the last 39 years. Young worked for Weyerhaeuser in Dierks for 26 years. He and wife have two grown children, Shane Young, an insurance agent and former Diamond Bank official, and Shannon Qualls, a teacher at Lake Hamilton.
Young told The Nashville Leader Monday that his campaign platform will be “working toward the future.” He added that his time operating the store has given him the needed experience of working with people and working within a balanced budget while his time with Weyerhaeuser has provided him with knowledge of heavy equipment associated with being a county judge.
Couch is making his second run for Pike County judge this year. He was defeated in 2012 by longtime office holder, Don Baker of Glenwood, who will not seek re-election. Couch has been employed by the Upper Southwest regional Solid Waste Management district for seven years. He holds a master’s license for solid waste disposal and an illegal dumps control officer license – both issued by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
Couch and his wife, Noelle, an employee of First State Bank in Nashville, have two daughters, Karly and Kaylie.
“If elected, I have no other business to run or properties to manage and will be 100 percent dedicated to Pike County and all the people in it,” Couch stated in his campaign announcement.
Mack is a former Pike County Justice of the Peace and director of the North Pike County Rural Water Association Board. He has also served as chairman of the Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission.
Mack and his wife, Laura Kay, are lifelong resident of Pike County. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Trey Shelton, and a granddaughter, Ali.
“My lifetime of professional and volunteer experience has prepared me to serve our county in a positive way with eyes toward the future,” said Mack in his campaign announcement.
Other contested races
The position that drew the most candidates this year is that of the Mountain Township Constable, located on the north end of Pike County. The position was last held by the late Robert McElhanon.
The seven candidates seeking the unpaid position on the Democratic ballot include:
Brent M. Staggs, Don Comeaux, Algie Wade Coffman, LaVoyce Wilder, Randy Davis and Chris Tompson. Buddy Green has also filed for the position on the Republican ticket.
Incumbent Ricky Branch is the sole candidate for south Pike County Missouri Township constable, also an unpaid position.
Three of Pike County’s nine seats on the Quorum Court are also contested races.
The Justice of the Peace District 2 seat (Murfreesboro area), which is currently held by Rodney Fagan, will include newcomers Robbie Crocker and Donna Riddle. Fagan is not seeking re-election this year as he plans to soon move out of the district’s boundaries.
JP District 3 (Delight area) incumbent Ricky Buck has drawn an opponent in Randy Abbott.
JP District 7 (Nathan area) incumbent Jerry Kizzia will face Kenneth Crow on the Democratic ticket while David Sirmon has filed on the Republican ticket.
No candidates filed for the office of Pike County coroner, which is held by Michelle Feuget of Murfreesboro, who was appointed last year to fulfill the term vacated by Kenny White.
Uncontested positions on the May 20 ballot include:
County Clerk – incumbent Sandy Campbell of Nathan; Circuit Clerk – Sabrina Williams of Murfreesboro; Assessor – incumbent Beckie Alden of Murfreesboro; Treasurer – incumbent Loletia Pate Rather of Murfreesboro; Sheriff and Collector – incumbent Charlie Caldwell of Glenwood; JP District 1 – incumbent John Terrell of Murfreesboro; JP District 4 – incumbent Ed Jones of Antoine; JP District 5 – Jerry Fendley of Kirby; JP District 6 – incumbent Verl Stovall of Langley (Republican); JP District 8 – Johnny Plyler of Glenwood; and JP District 9 – Paul Baker of Glenwood.
A Murfreesboro High School graduate and current Miss Texarkana, Amber Stone, visited students at her alma mater last week to promote National Children’s Dental Health Month and further her platform of “Changing Lives One Smile at a Time.”
Stone was crowned Miss Texarkana in January. She is a junior at the University of Arkansas where she studies biology with plans to attend dental school. She is scheduled to compete in the 2014 Miss Arkansas Pageant June 15-21 in Hot Springs.
“Good dental health habits have to start an early age and scheduling regular visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums,” Stone said. “Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, five times more common than asthma.
“Through my platform, “Changing Lives One Smile at a Time,” I am able to teach kinds simple preventative measures, such as brushing twice daily and how it can significantly help decrease the risk of tooth decay,” she added.
While in Murfreesboro Elementary School, Stone presented a talk to a class of second-graders but she also visited with sixth-grade students to introduce Cassidy Terrell, also a sixth-grader, as her pageant “princess.” Terrell will accompany Stone at her various public appearances and will also be on hand when Stone vies for the Miss Arkansas title.
Stone is the daughter of Cynthia and Troy Stone of Murfreesboro. Terrell is the daughter of Christy and John Terrell of Murfreesboro.
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.
I HAVE MENTIONED once before that the Garmin device which ‘tells’ me how to drive to places is nicknamed Loretta. I chose to hear a woman’s voice because I am accustomed to being bossed around by women, okay?
But on the way back from Mt. Magazine last week, I decided just for fun to get adventurous with the Garmin (the device, not Loretta). I remembered that when I first turned it on for the set-up I was given the choice of languages: French, Spanish, German, Japanese, English, Arabic.
So on a whim on my way home, I thumbed back to that spot and changed the language to Arabic.
One of the worst things I ever did.
I was driving along enjoying the instructions in that really awful-sounding language, when suddenly Arabic Loretta ordered me over to the side of the road. The words sounded sorta like a chicken being sqwushed under a steamroller.
Okay, okay you’re asking yourself how did I know that Arabic Loretta wanted me to turn off the highway since I don’t understand either Arabic or sqwushed chicken all that good. The answer is that when a foreign language is being spoken by the Garmin, there are English subtitles on that little bitty screen.
The Garmin’s screen got my attention because Arabic Loretta was shouting something that sounded like “Atoomi Boomba, Atoomie Bomba!” Surely she’s not threatening me with an atomic bomb, I said to myself nervously.
I decided not to argue, and I pulled onto a side road. Then, Arabic Loretta ordered me to turn the nose of my pickup truck toward the East.
I looked at the screen and the English subtitles explained that I was now facing Mecca, and would be for the next five minutes while Arabic Loretta did her Muslim prayers.
This happened twice more on the way home, until I finally wised up and switched back to English. I’m glad she didn’t find out that I stopped for a BBQ pork sandwich. And bought a lottery ticket.
How do you say “recalculating” in Arabic?
MUCH OF THE WEEKEND was spent traveling, with or without the assistance of Loretta.
First, I went to Mt. Magazine for a newspaper meeting. It was fairly balmy before I started up Arkansas’s highest mountain, but by the time I reached midway there were icicles hanging from roadsigns. Also halfway up the mountain I had to pop my ears. Same on the way down. The top half of the mountain was completely engulfed in thick fog, Saturday, when I was in a hurry.
From Mt. Magazine I headed east to Maumelle for the musical event of the year.
Miss Carsyn Elizabeth Murphy, age 10, was singing the role of Dorothy in the Pine Forest Elementary School’s fifth-grade production of “The Wizard of Oz.”
The iconic American musical is observing its 75th anniversary this year, and there’s stuff about it everywhere on television, on the Internet and in newspapers. Even at the Oscars. Seems to me that I saw something about the last ‘Munchkin’ dying a few years ago.At any rate, I do believe that everyone who was in that movie has now followed the Yellow Brick Road to that great Emerald City in the sky.
Or, they went to be with the Wicked Witch of the East, She’s probably in Austin, Texas where (as both of you know) the Devil lives 11 months of the year. Even the Devil can’t stand Austin in August.
Without going into too much detail, Miss Murphy was the star of the show. She was the darling of the audience, of course, and she acted and sang splendidly. Judy Garland would have been proud.
That’s the non-biased opinion of her grandfather.
A LITTLE TROUBLE. Sure hope we can get this cleared up before the next emergency.
A building in our alley partially collapsed and when people reported that the gas line was broken and spewing, the police radio dispatcher couldn’t get in touch with the gas company at its own listed number for emergencies for upwards of a half hour.
In the meantime, gas fumes filled businesses on the west side of the 100 block of North Main Street. Police even came by to tell folks to evacuate. Luckily, there was no explosion that I know of.
I TAKE FULL CREDIT for the last two thrilling victories by the Hardwood Hogs.
I did not watch any of either game — beating Kentucky at Lexington, and beating Georgia at Fayetteville.
I always say: When the going gets tough, I go outside. And so, for the past two games, I’ve sat out on the patio trying to be patient.
I know that I’ll not know the game outcome until it’s posted somewhere on the Internet.
This — I agree with you — is a huge and noble sacrifice on my part, but I am a team player and am willing to do whatever is necessary so that the Hogs win.
It will be tough, but I will employ the same strategy when the football Hogs run through the ‘A’ next fall.
HE SAID: “Don’t get up from the feast of life without paying for your share of it.” Dean Inge, author
SHE SAID: “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.” Willa Cather, author
SWEET DREAMS, Baby
Kendal Paige Stanley
Kendal Paige Stanley of Nashville, Ark., was welcomed into this world and into our hearts on Jan. 22, 2014, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.
Born prematurely at 26 weeks, Kendal weighed 1 lb. 13 oz. For 33 days, she was deeply loved and covered in prayer, but then returned to the Lord on Feb. 24, 2014.
Kendal is going on before her parents, Jared and Tonya Stanley, and her precious twin sister, Klair Olivia Stanley, all of Nashville; paternal grandparents, Arian and Sandy Stanley of Nashville, and their children, Chad and Jamie Daniel of Magnolia, Brent Stanley and fiancé, Candy Morris, of Nashville; maternal grandparents, Joe and Brenda White and children, Drew and Tessa Moody, all of Nashville; paternal great-grandfather, Martin Stanley, and maternal great-grandmother, Sue Swope, both of Nashville; along with family and friends too numerous to name.
She is following her paternal great-grandparents, Barbara Stanley, Pat and Maxine Reeves, and maternal great-grandparents, Glen and Donna White, and L.W. Swope, and a cousin, Brent Lee Reeder.
Visitation is to be held at First Baptist Church, Nashville on Friday, Feb. 28 from 6-8 p.m.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2014 at 2 p.m. with Calvin Parker and Michael Howard officiating. Burial followed in Corinth Cemetery in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Upon the early arrival of Kendal and Klair, an account was opened for the family at Diamond Bank in the name of Jared and Tonya Stanley. The family requests memorials be made to Diamond Bank or Baptist Medical Center NICU.
You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
David Clayton Geiger
David Clayton Geiger departed this life on Feb. 25, 2014 in Nashville, Ark.
He was born May 26, 1935, in Mayo, Fla.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Maurice Womack Geiger; sons Mark Geiger and wife Tracey of Little Rock, Calif., and Mike Geiger and wife Julie of Troutdale, Ore.; brothers Bill Geiger and wife Lee Anne of Arlington, Va., Bob Geiger and wife Geri of Lake City, FL. He is also survived by two special brothers-in-law, Hugh Womack and Joyce of Nashville, Ark., and Lewis Womack and Annalee of Clifton, N.J. Several nieces and nephews, a large extended family, and a host of friends.
Dave and Maurice had recently moved to Nashville from Portland, Ore. During his life Dave touched the lives of hundreds of young people while he worked at Pepperdine University in California and Cascade College in Portland. Everyone who knew Dave said he was one of the most patient and kindest men ever. After retirement, Dave enjoyed working in his shop, fishing in Arkansas, reading his Louis L’Amour books, and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Mineral Springs Church of Christ.
He was a loving Grandpa to seven grandchildren: Amanda Geiger, Ryan Readmond, Danielle Berger, Haley Geiger, Michael Geiger, Nathan Geiger, and Lacey Geiger, and one great-grandchild, Ryle Readmond.
Visitation was on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Mineral Springs Church of Christ with Bro. Benjamin Neeley officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Home Cemetery near Murfreesboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pleasant Home Cemetery Fund,
P.O. Box 120, Murfreesboro, AR 71958, or Church of Christ Mission Fund, 318 Bridgeman, Mineral Springs, AR 71851.
You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth Paul Sightes, Sr.
Kenneth Paul Sightes, Sr., 79 of Mineral Springs,died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
He was born February 9, 1935 in Oil Trough, Ark., to the late Fred and Marie Ginger Sightes. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mineral Springs.
He was an educator and farmer, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Carl Sightes.
Survivors include: a son, Kenneth Paul Sightes, Jr., of Mineral Springs; two daughters, Angie Zimmerman of Mineral Springs, and Cindy Sexton of Round Rock, Texas; a brother, Bill Sightes of LA Port, Ind., and a sister, Wanda Wyse of Michigan City, Ind.; also grandchildren.
Visitation was at Nashville Funeral home on Friday, 5-7 p.m. Graveside services were Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Brown’s Chapel Cemetery in Thida, Ark. You may send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Charlie Annie Bell Jones
Charlie Annie Bell Jones, 91 of Murfreesboro died Saturday, March 1, 2014.
She was born March 23, 1922 in Dierks, the daughter of the late Charlie and Martha Tallant Turner.
She was a member of the First Christian Church in Murfreesboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband J.W. Jones; two daughters, Wesley Ann Jones and Delphia Sue Crocker, three sisters, and a brother.
Survivors include: two sons, Eddmon Jones and wife, Carolyn, and Jay Bo Jones and wife, Latricia, all of Murfreesboro; a daughter, Mary Lingo of Murfreesboro; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.