JPs reject ambulance request

After a sometimes heated debate of an hour-plus, Howard County JPs declined to give a five-year ambulance franchise by a 3-6 vote.
Quorum court members heard from John and Laura Gray, owners of Howard County Ambulance Service, and Ryan and Hannah Pate, owners of an ambulance service in Pike County.
In their remarks, the Pates insinuated that the Grays had made baseless complaints which took a lot of time to make required responses.
John Gray responded that he did make a complaint, but did not do so anonymously. He said that the state board which deals with ambulance services took action on the complaint.
The Pates currently have an ambulance service in Pike County. Ryan Pate said it might be as long as 10 months for him to investigate the possibility of locating a 24-hour ambulance service in Dierks, and to hire a staff, get vehicles and licensing.
He also said he could not promise that he would decide to locate an ambulance there. Pate also said that there was another service owner who was interested, also, but who wanted to remain anonymous.
John Gray stuck with his argument that data from nearly 11 years of operation in Howard County convinced him that it was not financially feasible to locate a presence in Dierks.
JP Cotton Cothren, who has been the champion for ambulance service in Dierks, said that many patients were taken to hospitals in private vehicles because they did not want to wait on an ambulance.
Ryan Pate said that he ‘ran’ older ambulances, and admitted that there had been some complaints. His wife said it did not matter if they made a profit.
Voting for the five-year franchise agreement were JPs Jeanie Gorham, Jerry Harwell and Martha Hobbs. In opposition were JPs Cothren, Kerry Strasner, Bobby Don Turner, Janice Huffman, Brent Pinkerton and Dick Wakefield.
The topic will come up again at the court’s June meeting when JPs hope to know if it is legal for the county to extend a franchise.
There was little other action, other than the court unanimously approved the Howard Memorial Hospital recommendation for its board of directors. Margie Green and Mark Kitchens were approved for new terms, and Ken Young was approved to replace Paul Britt who asked not to be reappointed.
Also, the court heard from Dana Newberg of the library commission, who complained that the library was not consulted when the county offered to pay its share of parking lot repairs from library funds. In the end, the county offered to pay about $1,300 and Newberg agreed to pay for about $1,600 but she warned JPs that she would be back sometime in the future to seek pay raises for library staff.
Present for the noon, Monday, meeting were all JPs. County Judge Kevin Smith presided.

Scrappers, Scrapperettes done for the season

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
MONTICELLO – The Nashville Scrapperettes had only one shut out during the season, and it came Saturday in the quarterfinals of the state Class 4A tournament.
Valley View defeated the defending state champions 1-0 Saturday morning, wrapping up a season which saw the Scrapperettes go 21-7. They won the regular-season conference title, the District 7-4A tournament and the Class 4A South regional tournament.
“We didn’t play well enough offensively to win,” Coach Paul Ernest said Monday. “I didn’t have them prepared to win. We had our second lowest hitting total of the year and the first shut out of the year. I didn’t expect that. Whatever I did in preparing was ineffective.”
Avery Kesterson and Kathleen Lance posted Nashville’s only hits of the game. Valley View had 6 hits against the Scrapperettes, with no errors for either team.
“Our girls defensively handled the moment better than offensively. They had no errors and put the ball in play,” Ernest said.
Scrapperette pitcher Anna Kesterson “had just six hits. She played well. Avery had a fantastic game at short stop. Kathleen tracked the balls in the outfield,” Ernest said.
“Offensively, we were going up against an average state tournament pitcher. It looked like we gave in to pressure at the plate. We watched too many pitches. I failed. Our girls hit better than that. It was my failure to prepare them for the moment. I told them all season that it’s not always the best team that wins but the team that handles the moment.”
The game was scoreless through the first four innings. Valley View scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the fifth.
The Scrapperettes threatened to score a couple of times but didn’t.
Nashville had 13 quality at bats, including 3 from Shayla Wright, 2 each from Alyssa Harrison, Lance, Avery Kesterson and Kaylea Carver, and 1 each from Kynnedi Gordon and Mattie Jamison.
Anna Kesterson pitched 7 innings, with 1 run off 6 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Her strikeout percentage was 61.
The Scrapperettes had “a lot of talent. We had a good year with a conference championship, district championship and regional championship. We went to the quarterfinals of state. It was a great year for this program, but when you’re coming off back-to-back state titles, it’s a bitter pill,” Ernest said.
“I saw improvement in a lot of practice. We’ll miss the seniors, but te program is in good hands. When we lose good players,, we develop the younger girls behind them. We can be in the middle of it for the next 3 years. The girls believe in each other and what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to pursue excellence.”
The Scrapperettes are 42-16 for the last two seasons, with a state title and the district, conference and regional championships.
They were 7-0 during the regular season in District 7-4A.
Farmington ends Scrapper season
The Scrapper baseball season ended Friday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Farmington in the state Class 4A tournament at Wilson Park.
Farmington took a 1-0 lead, but the Scrappers came back and tied the game at 1-1.
The Cardinals scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Scrappers had 2 hits against Farmington, both by Justin Reed.
Kory Snodgrass scored the Scrappers’ run on an RBI by Reed.
Nashville had 14 quality at bats against Farmington. Zach Jamison had 3; Alex Curry, Ty Whitworth, Dylan Chambers and Cameron Alexander had 2 each, with 1 a piece from Lucas Liggin, Kyler Lawrence and Nick Myers.
Alex Curry pitched the entire game for the Scrappers, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits with no earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Curry’s strikeout percentage was 65.
Nashville wrapped up the season with a record of 18-13. The Scrappers entered the state tournament as the four seed from the South regional tournament in Star City.

College scouts lining up for Scrapper spring practices

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Spring practice began Monday night for the Nashville Scrappers and will continue through May 29.
“We had a good first night,” Coach Billy Dawson said. “There was a lot of energy. The kids were excited. Football-wise, we’ve got along way to go.”
Dawson said the Scrappers’ off-season work “showed up. We’re a lot more physical, a lot stronger. Everyone was positive.”
The late-afternoon start time for practice was a departure from the Scrappers’ usual schedule. “There seemed to be more energy at night. It was a good tone setter,” Dawson said.
Coaches will have a great deal to evaluate during spring practice, Dawson said. “We have a new defensive scheme. Offensively, we’ve made a few teeaks. We’ll try to refine things and see where the kids fit.”
One of Dawson’s goals is “to get the mentality back of being physical and playing with energy.”
Forty-four players are back from last year, Dawson said. The total number, including incoming sophomores, is 67.
The Scrappers will practice today through Friday about 1:30-1:45 p.m., and will follow the same schedule next Tuesday, May 27. Practice will begin at noon May 28. The spring game will be played Thursday, May 29, at 10 a.m.
Dawson expects a number of visitors during spring practice. They will be in Nashville to watch senior LaMichael Pettway, who has already received a host of college offers.
A Vanderbilt scout was on hand Monday night, and Ole Miss came to town Tuesday.
Dawson said about 30 scouts will visit in the next 7 days.
Some of the college programs to be represented include Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Louisvile, Arkansas State, LSU, Southern Mississippi, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, Illinois, Baylor, TCU and SMU, among others.

Mine Creek Revelations: Locked Outside

WHEN YOU NEXT see Ray Lacefield, congratulate him on surviving his recent narrow brush with certain torture at the hands of a truly dangerous person.
Ray left home for work, last Friday morning. As usual, he locked the doors of the house, and closed and locked the garage door before driving away secure in the knowledge that his dear wife, Gayla, was safe.
Meanwhile, up in their ‘bonus room’ over the garage, Gayla was retrieving some stored items which would be needed later in the day where she works — at the Howard Memorial Hospital’s celebration of National Hospital Day.
She heard the door close and lock. She heard the garage door open and then slam shut. She heard her dear hubby drive away.
She finished gathering the things she needed, and she went down the outside stairs, and only then did she realize that her dearest hubby had locked her out of the house.
It occurred to her that her keys and her cell phone were safely, but unfortunately, locked away inside the house.
The garage door was locked, but it wouldn’t have done her any good even if she could get inside.
It occurred to her that her only option was to walk to the neighbor’s house and borrow their phone so as to notify her dearest hubby about her predicament.
Ordinarily it would be a nice walk to the neighbor’s.
But Friday it was just barely above freezing. She was in her pajamas.
And barefoot.
Worse. “My hair was all mashed up and I looked horrible.”
Even worse. The road to the neighbor’s is gravel.
I’m trying to picture Gayla. In pajamas, with her hair mashed up. Tiptoeing down the gravel road.
It may have been near freezing, as I said, but I’m betting  rolling off her in great clouds.
Perhaps she was muttering a bit.
Luckily, the neighbor was home, and Gayla was able to call Ray at work.
Unfortunately for him, he had to drive home and face her. I’m betting that he didn’t comment on her mashed hairdo.
When I heard this story, I did not have the courage to ask if Gayla waited on Ray at the neighbor’s house, or if she had to tippytoe back home on that gravel lane.
And just who is it who sells such sharp rocks, anyway?
Gayla relayed this story to her friends at work later in the day. They were in the hospital cafeteria enjoying fish and coleslaw, and I shared the table. I occasionally asked Gayla to expand on some point of her story — for example, what did she mean by her hair being ‘mashed up?’ It finally dawned on her that I might have been extracting information for a Mine Creek Revelations revelation.
I have been warned, and just by telling you this I have placed myself in the same dangerous zone with Ray.
I MISSED THE annual Rusty Relics Antique Tractor Club big event out at Roger and Lesley White’s place, Saturday. But I have a good excuse. I had a chance to go to the 30th annual Greek Food Festival in Little Rock with daughter and granddaughter. Normally, the tractor and the Greeks don’t coincide, and I’m able to participate in both.
I’ve attended probably 7 out of the last 8 Greek festivals, and every year I learn something new.
This year I learned that the Scottish Dancers were participating at the festival for the first time.
How do I know this?
The male Scottish dancers wear short dresses called ‘kilts.’ The dancers don’t know yet that if you are dancing on an elevated stage, and if you are wearing a kilt, you shouldn’t turn your back on the audience and bend over. I don’t care how long the kilt is.
This occurred to several hundred people out in the audience. I’m hopeful that after the performance someone talked to the Scots.
THAT SMELL. Honeysuckle and privet. Two lovely smells which are a part of this time of the year. A friend of mine says it smells like the end of school.
IS ANYBODY ELSE getting tired of politicans who are running against officeholders from California or other states instead of comparing themselves to their own Arkansas opponents?
WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks, months, maybe years, unless they know your email address..
HE SAID: “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” Washington Irving, author and diplomat
SHE SAID: “Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Virginia Satir, author and family therapist

Obituaries (Week of May 19)

Sammy Dale Dreher
Sammy Dale Dreher, 58, of Nashville, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
He was born May 16, 1955, in Batesville, to Wanda Johnson Dreher and the late Sammy Dreher.
He was a retired construction worker, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
Survivors include: his wife, Dorothy Dreher of Nashville; his mother, Wanda Dreher of Murfreesboro; a son, Jarred D. Dreher and wife, Melissa of Princeton, Texas; a daughter, Amber N. Weatherford and husband, Blaine of Hot Springs; a brother, Donald Dreher of Hot Springs; also grandchildren.
Services were Friday, May 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel with Al Terrell and James Wainscott officiating. Burial followed in Murfreesboro Cemetery in Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Thursday, May 15, 2014 in Murfreesboro from 6-8.
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Melba Lee Lester Liggan
Melba Lee Lester Liggan, 70, of Newhope, died Monday, May 12, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born Sept. 24, 1943 in Waco, Texas, the daughter of the late Charles Samuel and Imogene Hamilton Lester.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Massie Dan Liggan; two sisters, Margie Lester and Vickie Burnett.
Survivors include: a son, Sammy Edgar Turner of Newhope; a daughter, Becky Reed and husband, Tim of Newhope; a sister, Dorothy Graham of Prescott; Also grandchildren and a great-grandchile.
Funeral services were at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Rev. Kenny Fant officiating. Burial followed in the Shiloh Cemetery.
The family received friends from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the funeral home in Dierks.
Deulon ‘DM’ Cox
Deulon “DM” Cox, 88, of Little Rock, died May 15, 2014.
He was born in Mineral Springs, the son of the late Deulon Dewey Cox and Stella Marie Green.
He was a US Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, and was a retired police officer.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mildred Cox.
Survivors include: a son, Sam Cox and wife, Susan; a brother, Von Green, and a granddaughter.
A graveside service, conducted by the Nashville Funeral Home, was held at the Mineral Springs cemetery on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Lavonne Stokes Thompson
Lavonne Stokes Thompson, 68, of Dierks, died Sunday, May 18, 2014.
She was born March 10, 1946 in Dierks, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Mabel Brummett Stokes.
She was retired from Pilgrim’s Pride and attended the Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Haskell Thompson; two brothers, Emmett Stokes and Billy Ray Stokes, and one sister, Athlene Short.
Survivors include: a son, Tony Thompson of Dierks; a sister, Christine Minx of Horatio; two brothers, Jimmy Don Stokes and Junior Stokes all of Dierks.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Fellowship Cemetery with Craig Chambers officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
 The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 20 at the funeral home in Dierks.
Donald House
Donald House, 72, of Dierks, died Friday, May 16, 2014.
He was born July 2, 1941, near Newhope, the son of the late Albert O. House and Iva Myrtle Green House.
He was a Missionary Baptist and was a logger.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dianne Knowles House; a daughter, Kristina House; two brothers, Thomas House and Cloyce House; and an infant sister, Rose Byrle House.
Survivors include: a son, Doug House and wife, Belinda, of Dierks; four daughters, Angie Crump and husband, George, of Waldron, Sally Maish and husband, Paul, of De Queen, Rhonda Jameson and husband, Nathan, Cove, and Gail House of Hatfield; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Newhope Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. George Crump officiating. Visitation was Tuesday from 6-8.
Burial was in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Justin Roy Morris
Dr. Justin Roy Morris, 77, of Springdale, died Monday, May 19.
He was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Nashville, the son of the late Roy and Leeecie Morris.
He was a much-honored and published food science professor, and grape and wine researcher at the University of Arkansas. He was a member of the Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Survivors include: his wife of 58 years, Ruby Morris; a son, Mike Morris of Johnson, Ark.; a daughter, Linda Ramage and husband, Phillip, of Nashville; also grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held Thursday at County Line Cemetery near Nashville. There will be a memorial service at June 6 in Fayetteville.

Nashville man facing charge after allegedly shooting dogs

A Nashville man is facing a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals after an incident Saturday night during which he allegedly shot two dogs that were reportedly attacking a neighbor’s cows.
Facing charges is Michael J. Graves, no age listed, who resides on Corinth Road.
Howard County Deputy Joey Davis reported he was called to the home of Kimberly Slayton on Staggs Drive, north of Nashville, at around 6:40 p.m. in reference to Graves allegedly shooting a dog in her yard. Slayton advised that her 17-year-old daughter, Bailey Walls, was outside near her vehicle when the shooting occurred.
Walls, who knows Graves, said she heard a gunshot close to the house and then saw Graves parked nearby “with his left hand out of the window with a grey pistol pointing toward my dog that was in my yard between our house and (the) neighbors.”
When Walls yelled at Graves to stop shooting, he allegedly exited his vehicle and yelled “your dog was chasing my cows.” The dog was apparently wounded and ran into the woods in the backyard.
Graves told Deputy Davis that he had been sitting on his front porch when he heard some dogs barking in a field belonging to Jerry Christie, who was out of town and reportedly had asked Graves to watch his herd. Graves went to the area and noted two dogs – one brown and the other a German Shepherd that belonged to the Slayton family – had a small calf down on the ground.
Graves admitted that he shot both dogs in the Christie’s field but the German Shepherd ran off toward the Slaytons’ home. Graves then chased the dog and found it standing between two houses on Staggs Drive and “tried to shoot it again.”
“Mr. Graves advised that he shouldn’t have shot the dog in the Slaytons’ yard,” Deputy Davis reported.


Settlement reached in Pike County lawsuit over substandard jail work

By John Balch
Leader staff
A settlement has been reached in the lawsuit filed by Pike County over substandard construction of the county jail.
Monday night, the Pike County Quorum Court unanimously agreed to accept a settlement offer of $987,500 – of which the county will receive $428,237.05. The remainder of the settlement figure will be used to pay $285,491 in attorney fees and $235,791 expert fees involved in the case.
The lawsuit was filed in November 2011 against Wade Abernathy, Inc.; Purtle & Associates, LC; Trull-Hollensworth Architects, Inc.; Travelers Casualty and Bituminous Casualty Corporation. Plaintiffs in the case were the State of Arkansas, Pike County, the Pike County Quorum Court and County Judge Don Baker.
The $2.2 million 64-bed facility opened in October 2009 and quickly fell into a state of disrepair. The jail has extensive flooring problems, HVAC problems, water damage, leaks, cracks in the floors and walls which the lawsuit contended was caused by “defective or faulty construction work.”
“Based on the foregoing, (Pike County) seeks the recovery of actual damage, incidental damages, consequential damages, interest, costs and attorneys’ fees caused by negligence of Wade Abernathy, Inc. and its subcontractors and breaches of Wade Abernathy, Inc.’s contract and warranties in an amount in excess of that necessary for diversity jurisdiction of citizenship jurisdiction,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit further stated that “acts and omissions” by Abernathy during construction were “motivated by desire to increase its profitability by reducing expenses for needed workers, training and supervision to a substandard level, which would predictably lead to defects in construction, both apparent and latent.”
Abernathy Inc., which is currently involved in similar litigation involving a construction project for the Ashdown School District, was also accused of breach of contract and violation of the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act by committing “unconscionable practices” in business, commerce or trade by failing to supervise and direct the work and failing to acknowledge the alleged defective work and making prompt repairs.
The lawsuit contended that Purtle & Associates failed to properly design and install the HVAC and related systems and components. Purtle & Associates were also accused of violating the Arkansas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
Trull-Hollenworth Architects were also accused of breach of contract for allegedly failing to supervise the project and inform the county of any “problems or sub par work.”
The two bond companies were listed in the lawsuit for “performance bonds” to remedy the default.
The lawsuit was submitted by Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir of Nashville, Chad Trammell of Trammel-Piazza Law Form of Texarkana and Marc. E. Gravely, Matthew R. Pearson and Shannon Lloyd of Gravely and Pearson of San Antonio, Texas.
There was some discussion Monday night about whether the county should accept the settlement and whether the settlement amount would be suffice to remedy the problems at the jail.
“It may be the best we can get,” said Johnny Plyler of Glenwood, who consistently questioned whether the jail’s foundation was correct when the project began in 2009.
The lawsuit was filed in Pike County Circuit Court, but had been recently granted a change of venue for the case to be heard by a Little River County jury this month. Chesshir told the Quorum Court Monday night that the statute of limitations was nearing for the case and he believes the settlement is a good overall deal for the county. Chesshir added that it is unknown how a Little River County jury would have viewed the case.
“I think we’d be crazy not to (agree to the settlement),” said Paul Baker of Glenwood, who made the motion to accept the settlement.


Howard County Election Results

2,788 of 6,804 Howard County voters participated in the Preferential Primary Election.
Here are the local totals:
Bryan McJunkins 2,091
Dale Pierce 544
Circuit Clerk
Angie Lewis 1,752
Laurie Westfall 855
JP District 3 Central
Dick Wakefield 260
Kimberly R. Adams-Dunham 104
Brewer Township Constable
Jeremy Pickett 98
Dwain Wildbur 12

In the Democratic nominee race for State Representative District 19, Howard County voters went with hometown candidate Matt Smith, who pulled in 1,414 voted over Clark County’s Jeremy Ross’ 854 votes. However, overall totals in District 19 handed Ross the nomination over Smith by a vote of 2,314-2,197.

Pike County Election Results

Pike County Judge
Winners in Bold
Dewight Mack 819
Keith Couch 598
John Young 164
Pike County JP District 2
Robbie Crocker 168
Donna Riddle 63
Pike County JP District 3
Ricky Buck 98
Randy Abbott 80
Pike County JP District 7
Kenneth Crow 123
Jerry Kizzia 68
Mountain Township Constable
Algie Wade Coffman 177
Chris Thompson 127
LaVoyce Wilder 121
Don Comeaux 108
Randy Davis 95
Brent Staggs 41
State Representative District 19
Jeremy Ross 890
Matt Smith 603
Unofficial District 19 totals have Ross winning over Smith 2,314 to 2,197

Mineral Springs School District removed from state’s fiscal distress list

The first time was the charm when Supt. Curtis Turner, Jr., asked the Arkansas Department of Education to take Mineral Springs schools off its ‘fiscal distress’ list.
The school district will be officially off the list in October when a new school board is elected, trained and seated. At that time, Turner, who was appointed superintendent by the ADE last summer, hopes that the new board will hire him to be the permanent administrator.
“It’s a great day for Mineral Springs schools,” he told ‘The Leader’ Friday morning. The state board’s decision came after he heard a report on progress in the MS district.
Turner credited the school’s faculty and employees in the turnaround which made the fiscal exit possible. “Everybody did what the had to do. It was a ‘we’ effort.”
Turner said that the school still answers to the education board.
Qualified electors will be able to file for seats in the school’s seven district. After the board is elected and goes through training, members will draw for term lengths. Local control will actually begin October 1, he said.
In May of 2013 the state board of education removed the district’s school board. Turner, who has had a part in leading several school districts out of fiscal distress, was brought in by the ADE. Because the school has complied with its fiscal improvement plan, has rebuilt reserves and because of the promise of increased taxation revenues from the AEP SWEPCO electric power plant located within the school district, the state board voted to release Mineral Springs.
The school was in financial problems already when the state board discovered that the Saratoga school was in reality a ‘phantom school,’ with students actually coming to Mineral Springs for classes. The Saratoga campus has since been closed.

Hailstorm leaves trail of damage in Nashville area

A roaring hailstorm left damage in its wake in the Nashville area, late Friday afternoon.
The two major local peach orchards were spared, according to the growers, but  about 150 exposed vehicles were damaged at York Gary Autoplex.
A spokesman at an insurance agency said that he was receiving calls from anxious homeowners, but had not yet been able to inspect for roof damage left in the wake of the large hailstones and the lingering storm.
Orchardist Joey Jamison said that the hailstorm hit his house, but skipped his orchard near Center Point. Same for orchardist Tim Jones who said his peaches were spared.
Owner Gary Dan Futrell at the automobile dealership said that insurance adjusters are expected to be on site Tuesday.
The dealership will make some repairs, and some vehicles will be discounted and sold with defects. “Whatever the customer wants,” Futrell said.

New KJEP TV station manager named

Mike Aylett

Mike Aylett of Nashville has been named the new station manager for KJEP Television.
Aylett assumes the position effective immediately, according to KJEP board president Mark Cassady.
“Mike has been one of our most faithful volunteers for many years,” Cassady said. “He probably knows more about the station than anyone else around. We’re fortunate to have him as the new station manager.”
Aylett succeeds Terry Snead, who resigned in February.

Glenwood family named Pike County Farm Family of Year

The Kevin Baker family of the Glenwood Community have been chosen Pike County’s Farm Family of the Year for 2014, representatives of Pike County Farm Bureau and The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, have announced. The organizations are chief sponsors of the program in Pike County.
Kevin and Mike Baker raise cattle, chickens and hay.
As the Pike County Farm Family of the Year, the Kevin Baker family will join 74 other county farm families in vying for district and state recognition as the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year. The Arkansas Farm Family of the Year will be announced in December, at a banquet at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock.
First established in 1947, Arkansas’s Farm Family of the Year program is the longest running effort of its kind in the nation. The program sponsors are Arkansas Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas, Farm Credit Midsouth, ACA, AgHeritage Farm Credit Services and the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, with the cooperation of the program partners Arkansas Press Association, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, USDA Rural Development, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Arkansas Department of Workforce Education and the Arkansas Agriculture Department.

Already in jail, defendant misses court date

A defendant who was the object of a failure to appear warrant for missing his court date last week, missed that court date because he was in jail in Hempstead County on an unrelated charge.
Lee Harris, 31, black male, 432 Rosston Road, Prescott, was due to make an appearance here to answer charges of hindering apprehension or prosecution, a class C felony, and theft of property. Wednesday, he was represented by Lajeanna Jones standing in for public defender Gregory Vardaman, He was given a July 22 trial date for the Howard County charges.
One defendant pleaded not guilty and was assigned a trial date by Judge Tom Cooper who was on the bench, Wednesday, in the regular day of criminal court in Howard County.
Indio Hendershot, 27, white male, Glenwood, faces class Y, B, C and D felony charges related to possession of a variety of controlled substances with purpose of delivery, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and a misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance charge.
Pretrial motions will be heard July 30, and his trial date was set for August 19.
One defendant appeared before the judge and said he wanted to have a court-appointed attorney. Loc Qui Pham, 23, Asian male, 912 Peachtree #15, Nashville, is charged with class C felony theft of property. He was instructed to return May 14.

5K run to benefit local cancer patient

A 5K run later this month will benefit Tyler Hosey-Matthews, 28, a former Nashville resident who has been diagnosed with cancer.
The Team Tyler 5K Run – Losing Is not an Option will be Friday, May 30, at the Nashville City Park.
There is a $25 entry fee. Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the park’s Dogwood Pavilion, where runners may pick up their packets which will include a T-shirt.
The 5K will start at 7 p.m.
There will also be a donation dinner and silent auction that will begin at 5:30. Some of the silent auction items are a homemade quilt from Glenna Dunaway, a yeti cooler, tool sets, custom paintings, items from the different boutiques in town and dessert items.
Anyone may sign up for the 5K online at
Hosey-Matthews is a 2004 graduate of Nashville High School, where she was editor of the Tattler her senior year.
She is married to Adam Matthews, and they have two sons, Garrett and Trenton. She teaches fourth grade at Horatio Elementary.
On Feb. 17, 2014, she was diagnosed with stage 1b1 cervical cancer, and since then she has had surgery to remove the tumor. However, she found out shortly after that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes which means she will be undergoing more treatments for the next couple of months.
She will have radiation five days a week as well as chemotherapy one day a week at UAMS Medical Center.
During this time, she is moving closer to the treatment center and away from her husband and children while they continue to work and go to school.
Because of the intense treatments and advice from the doctors, she will not be returning to her job this year. This benefit will help the Matthews family during this process.

NHS senior nominated for PEO STAR Scholarship

Kynnedi Gordon, a senior at Nashville High School, was PEO Chapter AM’s first nominee for a PEO STAR Scholarship. There were 1,891 applicants nationwide, with 350 scholarships presented.
The local chapter recognized Gordon for being chosen as its first-ever nominee for the scholarship. “She worked hard on her application,” member Cay Teague said.
“We were impressed with her excellence and achievements.”
Gordon is the daughter of Tate and Jennifer Gordon of Nashville.
She is a member of National Honor Society and Student Council, and she plays first base for the Scrapperette softball team.
The PEO STAR Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide non-renewable $2,500 scholarships to exceptional high school graduating women to attend accredited post-secondary educational institutions in the United States and Canada.
According to PEO guidelines, a woman is eligible to be recommended for the scholarship if she exhibits excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, academics and potential for future success.
She must be a senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Nominees must be citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada.
They must receive the vote of a local chapter.
Each chapter may only recommend one applicant per year.

Scrappers advance to state tournament

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
STAR CITY – With a 6-2 win over Star City in the Class 4A South regional Friday afternoon, the Nashville Scrappers captured a berth in the state Class 4A tournament to be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday on their home field at Wilson Park.
The game was tied at 1-1 after the second inning. Neither team scored again until the top of the fifth, when the Scrappers put up 5 runs against the host Bulldogs. The win punched the Scrappers’ ticket back to Wilson Park for state.
Saturday, Nashville fell to to Ashdown 5-4. The Scrappers dropped a 4-3 decision to Hamburg Monday in the consolation game.
The Scrappers (18-12) will enter the state tournament as the four seed from the South region. They will play second seed from the North, Farmington, Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Nashville.
The tournament will continue Friday and Saturday at Wilson Park.
Nashville recorded 7 hits against Star City. Alex Curry led the Scrappers with 2, followed by Zach Jamison, Cameron Alexander, Lucas Liggin, Justin Reed and Dylan Chambers with 1 each.
Scores came from Nick Myers, Jamison, Andy Graves, Kyler Lawrence, Justin Reed and Kory Snodgrass.
Alexander had 2 of Nashville’s 3 RBIs, with the other by Curry.
Curry pitched all 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs and 2 errors while striking out 9 Bulldogs.
The win was Nashville’s second of the season against Star City. The other victory was a 4-2 decision in March at the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament.
The Scrappers led 3-1 going into the sixth inning Saturday against Ashdown in the regional semifinals.
However, the Panthers scored 3 runs in the sixth and 1 in the seventh, while Nashville added 1 run in the sixth and none in the seventh. Ashdown took the win 5-4.
The Scrappers picked up 9 hits in the game, led by Myers, Lawrence and Chambers with 2 each. Curry, Reed and Ty Whitworth each had a hit.
Runs came from Lawrence, Liggin, Chambers and Snodgrass.
Chambers led in RBIs with 2, with 1 each from Jamison and Liggin.
Reed pitched for the Scrappers, giving up 9 hits and 5 runs while striking out 5 Panthers.
Hamburg led early, then held off a Scrapper comeback attempt to take a 4-3 win over Nashville in the consolation game Monday.
The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added a run in the fourth before the Scrappers scored 3 runs in the fifth. Hamburg put up the winning run in the seventh.
Myers, Jamison and Lawrence scored for the Scrappers.
Jamison and Whitworth had 2 hits each, with 1 hit each from Myers, Lawrence and Curry.
Lawrence had the Scrappers’ lone RBI of the game.
Alexander, Curry and Liggin all saw pitching duty.

Scrapperettes win regional softball title

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Trailing 6-5 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Nashville Scrapperettes came back and defeated Ashdown 7-6 to win the Class 4A South regional championship on Futrell Field at the Nashville City Park.
Uncharacteristic errors early in the game left the Scrapperettes trailing 6-0 after two innings. They began their comeback with 2 runs in the third, then added 1 in the fifth and 2 in the sixth before winning in the seventh.
With the victory, the Scrapperettes (21-6) enter this week’s state tournament in Monticello with a first-round bye as the number one seed from the South region. They will play the winner of Thursday’s game between Valley View and Pottsville Friday at 10 a.m. at the Monticello High School softball field.
Ashdown is the region’s second seed, with Malvern third and Monticello fourth.
As the team prepares for state, Coach Paul Ernest said the girls will “go back to some fundamentals in practice. We’ll do some infield work, outfield work, small ball batting practice, regular ball batting practice.”
The Scrapperettes will leave after school Thursday afternoon and go to Star City to work out. They will stay in Star City overnight and go to Monticello Friday morning.
Monday’s regional championship game got off to a rough start for the Scrapperettes. They were down 3-0 after the first inning.
Through the adversity which the team faced throughout the game, Ernest said the girls “continued to pick each other up. We’re to the point that they know when they haven’t played well. I remind them what they’re capable of. It worked yesterday.”
Ernest said the Scrapperettes started preparing for games like the one Monday as early as November. “We have pressure drills with consequences. We look for the girl who doesn’t want the ball. In January, I’m constantly putting pressure on them. They work through it on their own. That had a lot to do with [Monday]. Failure is a big part of this game. It can be more visible on the offensive side. They have to learn to deal with failure and still produce,” Ernest said.
“Errors are part of the game. It’s not a matter of if something bad happens but when something bad happens. They have to handle the moment and win the moment. I told them not to let the first inning beat you in the seventh. Make the next play. They’ve bought into that,” Ernest said.
“I told them that 3 runs weren’t enough to beat us. Then 6 weren’t enough to beat us. Put up the shovel and quit digging a hole. They kept picking each other up.
“To me, that’s character. There’s something inside those girls, put in by their parents and grandparents. That’s high character.”
Ernest said he was “not nervous. I’m a pacer and walk around a lot. I believe in them enough that if today’s not our day, we’ll rebound. If it is our day, we’ll win. Had we lost 6-5, it was still a great comeback. I’m proud of the fact that they have developed the attitude and personality as a team that they don’t quit. They lean on each other. That’s really beautiful to see when it happens.”
The Scrapperettes wound up Monday’s win with 7 runs on 7 hits with 4 errors. Ashdown had 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 errors.
Alyssa Harrison and Avery Kesterson were the leading batters with 2 hits each. Kynnedi Gordon, Hannah White and Mattie Jamison had 1 each.
Runs came from Peekaboo Garland, Gordon, Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright and Kaylea Carver. White’s score came on a home run.
The Scrapperettes had 6 RBIs, including 1 from Harrison which drove in Lance at the bottom of the seventh for the game-winning score.
Wright tied the game before Harrison’s hit when she scored from third on a passed ball.
Avery Kesterson had 2 RBIs, with 2 from Harrison and 1 each from White and Wright.
Anna Kesterson pitched the entire game, facing 37 Lady Panthers. She gave up 6 runs off 7 hits with 6 walks and 3 strikeouts.  The Lady Panthers did not score after the second inning.
The Scrapperettes fell behind twice against Monticello in the regional semifinal Saturday afternoon but came back to defeat the Lady Billies 10-9 in the bottom of the seventh.
“We didn’t play badly at all. We played pretty well, actually,” Ernest said. “We had some breakdowns in the sixth and seventh. The girls went out and picked up somebody else” to take the win.
The Scrapperettes led 5-2 after the fifth inning. Monticello exploded for 5 runs in the sixth and added 2 in the seventh to lead 9-7 going into the bottom of the seventh.
 Garland scored from third to narrow the gap to 9-8. Carver tied the game at 9 each, and Avery Kesterson scored on the last play for the win.
The Scrapperettes had 10 runs, 13 hits and 1 error against Monticello. The Lady Billies recorded 9 runs, 9 hits and 5 errors.
Lance was the leading hitter for Nashville with 4. Wright, Miller and Carver had 2 each, with 1 a piece from Gordon, Avery Kesterson and White.
“Kathleen had one heck of a day. She went 4 for 5 at bat. We had great play up and down the lineup,” Ernest said.
Avery Kesterson scored 3 runs; Carver added 2, with 1 each from Garland, Lance, White, Wright and Maddi Horton.
Lance had 3 of the Scrapperettes’ 6 RBIs. Miller had 2, with 1 from Wright.
Anna Kesterson pitched 5.1 innings, facing 25 batters and striking out 3.
Brittany Hilliard finished the game against 10 batters.
The Scrapperettes opened the regional tournament Friday afternoon by defeating DeWitt 11-1 in 6 innings.
The score was tied at 1 each after the first inning, but it was all Scrapperettes afterward. They put up 4 runs in the third, 1 each in the fourth and fifth, and 4 in the sixth for the win.
Nashville’s 11 runs came on 14 hits and no errors. DeWitt had 6 hits and 4 errors.
Nashville’ had 10 RBIs, led by Miller with 5. Harrison had 2, with an RBI each from Lance, Carver and Jamison.
Lance and Miller had 3 hits each. Avery Kesterson and White had 2 each, with a hit each from Harrison, Gordon, Wright and Carver.
Runs came from Avery Kesterson with 3, Lance, Wright and Miller with 2 each, and 1 a piece from Carver and Horton.
Anna Kesterson and Hilliard shared pitching duties. Together, they struck out 4, gave up only 2 walks and 1 run while facing 26 batters.
DeWitt was “well coached and well prepared,” Ernest said. “Our girls did a good job. They kept attacking and punched their ticket to state. The first round of the regional is big. It got us into state.”


Nashville track teams compete in state meet

HEBER SPRINGS – The Scrapperettes were ninth at the Class 4A state track meet at Heber Springs May 6.
Crossett dominated the meet with 131 points to take first place. Maumelle was a distant second with 74, followed by Ashdown with 65.5. The Scrapperettes had 28.5 points for ninth place.
Kassidy Snowden of Nashville won the triple jump with a mark of 35-2.
Other Scrapperette results include the following:
300-m high hurdles – 7. Asia Munn, 51.53.
High jump – tie 3. Snowden, 5-2.
Long jump – tie 5. Snowden, 16-8 1/2.
Triple jump – 1. Snowden, 35-2.
Shot put – 6. Snowden, 32-2 3/4.
Discus – 4. Lacie Grace, 92-10.
The Scrapper track team finished fourth at the state Class 4A meet.
Pine Bluff Dollarway won the state championship with 82 points. Highland was second with 68. Heber Springs was third with 61 points, just ahead of Nashville’s 59.
Maumelle tied for fifth with Crossett with 49 points. Ashdown was ninth with 42 points.
Rashon Lee of Nashville won the shot put with a throw of 49-06.
Complete Scrapper results from state include the following:
400-m dash – 4. Jackson Beavert, 51.52.
800-m run – 3. Eric Perez, 2:04.24.
1600-m run – 2. Perez, 4:36.03.
3200-m run – 3 Perez, 10:30.72.
4 x 400-m relay – 4. Nashville, Beavert, Jamyric Gamble, Warren May and Jalen Jones, 3:35.42.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Eric Perez, Braden Bowman, Robbie Morphew and Ignacio Perez, 8:49.26.
Shot put – 1. Rashon Lee, 49-06; 2. Treveenon Walker, 47-1.
Discus – 4. Marvis Muldrow, 132-09.

Mine Creek Revelations: The Thing

A nice visit Saturday with my cousin in Natchitoches, La., led to this gem from our past.
There were six of us cousins, ranging in age from 12 (me) down to 8 (him), and we talked our moms (they were sisters) into letting us attend our first scary movie. The movie was “The Thing from Outer Space.” It was in black-and-white, and it was about some Air Force guys stationed in the Arctic.
Somehow, somebody discovered a huge Flying Saucer imbedded in the ice. The airmen flew to the site and landed beside the UFO. They tried to blast their way into the saucer. The saucer was destroyed, but the body of a very large humanoid creature (obviously the pilot) was found encased in ice. It was loaded into the aircraft was brought back to the airmen’s base.
Now for my story.
My brothers and cousins and I walked down to the Elberta Theatre. It was summer, and it was still daylight outside when we went in to the cool dark. We acted so brave, but some of the younger ones were already whimpering and clutching the older ones when we pushed through the curtain at the top of the aisle. We got seats about halfway down.
We were just fine through the cartoon and the previews of coming attractions. But then “The Thing” music started.
I swear someone on our row moaned out loud, and I’m not sure it wasn’t me.
The movie began. I could scarcely breathe. When the airmen brought the frozen creature back to their Quonset Hut and put it under an electric blanket I swore I’d never be in the Air Force because they were far, far too stupid.
Drip. Drip. The ice melted, and you knew what was going to happen. The Air Force dummy had his back turned to The Thing when suddenly a shadow fell over his shoulder.
He jumped up and ran out of the room.
To this very day if I hear scary music like that from “The Thing” I have to look over my shoulder.
Onscreen, the airmen began searching rooms for the creature. It was killing sled dogs and people.
Of course there was a love interest. The officer-pilot in charge of the unit had the hots for the Doctor’s Daughter, a modest maiden who brazenly smoked cigarettes in front of the men. There was a Perfessor who of course was arrogant and uncooperative and he didn’t want to kill the creature even after it had killed some airmen.
The search continued through the base until the group reached one door. When the door swung open, the monster stood there roaring. The airmen had to push the door close, and boy, it was a struggle!
At this point, me and my group dropped to the floor (the Elberta floor was sorta sticky, but that’s another story and I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested), and we crawled on all fours to the  theatre lobby. We took off for home at a dead run through the dark, we were all crying piteously.
Once before when I wrote about this I said that the single bravest thing I ever did in my life was to slow down so that the little kids could catch up. It’s true.
We arrived back home at 303 College Street and stayed around in the back yard for awhile so that our mothers wouldn’t be suspicious because we were home so early.
Even so, standing out there in the dark, we strained to hear if The Thing was creeping up on us in the dark.
It would 25 years before I saw the end of the movie. And the Perfessor got what he deserved. The Doctor discovered that The Thing was closely related to a carrot and lived off blood. His Daughter and the Pilot fell in love and got engaged in front of all the other survivors. The Thing was electrocuted and burned to a crisp. And the news service writer/photographer who was a member of the group sent a story back to his headquarters. “This is a message to America,” he said. “Watch the skies. Keep watching the skies.”
Makes my skin crawl just to imagine him saying that again.
On my walk early Sunday, two squirrels fell out of a tree 20 feet off the ground. They were fighting and never missed a lick even when they slammed into the rain-soft dirt under the tree. The fight continued for a good two minutes and one finally gave up and scampered off to another tree.
There are a lot of squirrels in our neighborhood just now. Our John Balch says it’s my fault for wishing bad things for our neighborhood cats. “No there’s no one around to keep the squirrel population down,” he says,
Sooner or later, Louise Fox will return for a few squirrel dinners and things will be okay again.
A PUN FROM my friend out Corinth way: Energizer Bunny arrested; charged with battery.
HE SAID: “It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” Confucius, philosopher
SHE SAID: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey Hepburn, actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Obituaries (Week of May 12)

Martha Ellen Rankin Floyd
Martha Ellen Rankin Floyd, 72, of Mineral Springs, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Mineral Springs.
She was born on June 1, 1941 in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late Joel Porter Rankin and Mary Ellen (Tackett) Rankin.
Mrs. Floyd was a retired bookkeeper for Nashville Trucking and member of the Central Baptist Church in Mineral Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her daughter, Deborah Lynn Phillips.
Survivors include: one son, Mark Floyd (Jackie) of Coppell, Texas; one brother, John Rankin (Frances) of Rogers, Ark.; one sister, Barbara Lewallen (Dick) of Truman, Ark.; five grandchildren, Erin Gammon (Jeoff) of Texarkana, Texas, Brent Phillips of Nashville, Ark., Jordan Floyd, Jake Floyd, and Jenna Garcia (Devon) of Erie, Colo., and one great-grandchild, Aubrey Gammon of Texarkana, Texas. A host of other relatives and friends mourn her passing.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Central Baptist Church in Mineral Springs, with Brother David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Mineral Springs Cemetery in Mineral Springs under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville, Ark.
There is no scheduled visitation.
You may send an online sympathy message at

NHS construction, search for junior high coach continues to gain district’s attention

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School District continues its search for a junior high girls basketball coach and is awaiting information on state funding for Phase 4 of the facilities improvement project.
About two dozen applications have been received for the coaching position, according to Superintendent Doug Graham. The position is held by Coach Buster Bonner, who is retiring at the end of the year.
A special school board meeting could be called to name the new coach.
The meeting could also consider the final phase of the facilities project.
Officials from the Arkansas Department of Education’s Facilities Division were in Nashville recently to tour the first three phases of construction projects at Nashville High School and Nashville Junior High.
“They were here about 2 1/2 to 3 hours,” Graham said. “They went to the arena, junior high and high school. Everything was complimentary.”
The visit came as the Facilities Division is determining how much of Phase 4 to fund. The project includes enclosing the high school courtyard and other work, including the cafeteria.
State money will be added to local funds to complete the facilities improvement project. The scope of Phase 4 will depend on the amount of state funding, according to Graham.
“We’re working with the architect and Crawford Construction. When we hear from the state, we will proceed as planned our get the project in budget,” Graham said.
The district has several options in Phase 4 which will be included or omitted, depending on funding.
With the Facilities Division visit completed, Graham expects the project to pick up speed. “I’m optimistic that we will break ground soon,” he said recently.

Lady Rattlers win district track meet

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS. The Murfreesboro High School Lady Rattlers finished atop the point-standings and Coach Si Hornbeck was named senior girls’ Coach of the Year at the 2A Region 7 West Senior High Conference Track Meet held in Gurdon on April 30. The Lady Rattlers posted 123 points followed by Mineral Springs with 119.5, Foreman, Springhill, Lafayette County, Gurdon, Blevins and Dierks. Pictured with the first-place trophy are (front) Diana Jones, Ashline Garza, Madalyn Brannon, Loren Gills, Ellyn Walls; (middle) Kyra May, Annah Dixon, Reagan Grubbs, Dee Saldana, Carley Smithson, Olivia Turley; (back) Kayla Kelley, Brooke White, Jynsen Smith, Jesslynn Cross, Britton Hutcherson, Amy Jackson, Carlie Buck, Ryann Grubbs, Haley Kennedy, Lexie Baxter, Coach Hornbeck and Tara Humphry.

Rattlerfest set May 3-31 in Murfreesboro

Rattlerfest 2014, a fundraiser for the Rattler Fan Club, will be held May 30-31 at the Murfreesboro City Park.
Events will start on May 30 at 5 p.m. and kick-off again on May 31 at 8 a.m. Events will include:
Coed softball tournament, 12-and-under and 10-and-under softball tournaments, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments for all ages, volleyball tournament, a 5K run, kid’s games, food, live music and more.
For more information, call (870) 828-1861.

Murfreesboro ball commissioners agree to serve on interim basis during restructuring

By John Balch
Leader staff
Murfreesboro’s five softball commissioners and four baseball commissioners have agreed to serve on an interim basis to complete this year’s ball seasons.
The agreement was reached when all the commissioners, along with Park Director Terry Jackson, met last Wednesday night with Murfreesboro City Council members Debbie Shukers, Jason Allmon and Dana Stone. The special meeting was called after a few weeks of shake-ups concerning the park, which included the council’s repeal a 24-year-old ordinance that established the park commission. The removal of the park commission brings Director Jackson’s employment and all park operations under the city’s control with the exception of the interim duties of the ball commissioners.
Softball commissioners include John Gleba, Tanya Wilcher, Scott Cox, Trevor Humphry and Josh Campbell. Baseball commissioners are Billy Wilcher, Scott Bailey, Ronald Pettigrew and Tommy Stuard.
The city’s move to dissolve the park commission had also effectively dissolved the ball commissions mid-season, which Mayor Travis Branch said was soon realized to be a mistake. “I was ignorant to the fact of how it was set up,” the mayor said in a recent council meeting. “I didn’t know (the ball commissioners) controlled the money.” Branch and City Recorder/Treasurer Penny Lamb have insisted the park needed to be brought under city control for accountability of public funds and audit purposes.
Shukers said last week’s meeting began with “some tension” and “some resentment” since none of the park or ball commissioners or Director Jackson were made aware of the meeting when the commissions were discontinued.
“Everyone was uneasy at first as to why we made the changes,” Shukers told The Nashville Leader. “We kind of spun our wheels for a while because everyone needed to vent and ask questions about why this was happening.”
She said one baseball commissioner questioned what authority the City Council and the mayor had to make changes within the park operations, particularly the ball commissions since they both have separate bank accounts to conduct the season’s business.
Shukers said it was explained that the park is owned by the city and is also funded in part by state turn back funds collected from a local tax; therefore, the park could be subject to be audited.
Shukers added that the city’s recent actions did not concern any misuse of park funds, but instead the need for accountability. She also said it is not the city’s intentions to micromanage the operations of the ball commissions.
The city’s eventually plan is to reestablish the overall park commission with a new ordinance and work with the ball commissions to understand all the duties and aspects including how fees are collected and how teams are selected, according to Shukers.
“We need to have some structure in place,” she said.
The ball commissions will stay intact for the remainder of the season and members may be asked to be serve again once the park commission is reestablished and by-laws are developed.
“We will continue to work with them and give them direction as soon as the auditors can give us some direction,” Shukers said.

Scrappers open regional play Friday

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrappers will face a 3-hour trek to Star City Friday for the opening game of the Class 4A South regional baseball tournament.
Nashville will take on the host team, the Star City Bulldogs, at 3 p.m. The Scrappers enter the regional tournament as the fourth seed from District 7-4A. Star City is the number one seed from 8-4A.
Nashville defeated the Bulldogs 4-2 March 7 in the semifinals of the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament at Wilson Park.
The Scrappers finished fourth in the 7-4A district tournament Monday afternoon at Henderson State University with a 9-8 loss to Central Arkansas Christian.
Nashville won 2 and lost 2 in the district tourney, defeating Bauxite 2-1 in the first game, Malvern 8-4 in the quarterfinals, losing to Ashdown 11-10 in the semifinals and losing to CAC in the consolation game.
The winner of Friday’s game will play Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the regional semifinal.
The consolation game will be Monday at 12 noon, followed by the championship game Monday at 2:30 p.m.
The top 4 teams from the regional will advance to the state tournament to be played May 15-17 at Wilson Park in Nashville.
The opening round of the tournament at HSU April 30 saw the Scrappers in a rematch with Bauxite, whom they had defeated 10-1 in the final conference game of the regular season April 25.
Bauxite scored first in the top of the first inning. The Scrappers answered in the bottom of the second when Kyler Lawrence scored on a steal of home to even the score at 1-1.
Nick Myers scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the third.
For the game, the Scrappers had 2 runs, 2 hits and 3 errors. Bauxite had 1 run, 1 hit and 2 errors.
Scrapper hits came from Myers and Cameron Alexander, who had the only RBI of the contest for Nashville.
Justin Reed pitched 7 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 run and striking out 7 Miners. His strike percentage was 66.7.
The Scrappers took a 4-0 lead over Malvern May 2 in the quarterfinals at Ouachita Baptist University and went on to win 8-4. The Leopards scored 1 run in the fourth and 3 runs in the fifth, while the Scrappers scored twice in each inning.
Nashville had 6 hits against the Leopards, who had defeated the Scrappers 4-2 in a regular-season conference game last month.
Hits came from Myers, Zach Jamison, Alexander, Alex Curry, Reed and Storm Nichols.
Dylan Chambers scored twice for Nashville, with 1 run each from Myers, Jamison, Andy Graves, Kyler Lawrence, Reed and Kory Snodgrass.
Alexander led the team in RBIs with 2, followed by Jamison and Lawrence with 1 each.
Curry pitched 7 innings, giving up 7 hits and 4 runs. He walked 3 and struck out 11, with a strike percentage of 63.9.
The win over Malvern advanced the Scrappers to the district semifinals and earned the team a berth in the regional tournament.
Ashdown led 11-3 going into the top of the 7th inning Saturday afternoon at OBU before the Scrappers put up 7 unanswered scores to make the final 11-10.
Tyler Olsen and Drew Atkins led the Panthers with a combined 7 hits and 6 RBIs.
Ashdown took a 10-0 win over Nashville in the teams’ regular-season meeting, but the Panthers found the going tough late in the rematch.
The Panthers led 3-0 after 2 innings before the Scrappers put up a run in the third. Ashdown scored 1 run in the third, 5 in the fourth and 2 in the sixth for the win.
The Scrappers had 11 hits against Ashdown, including 2 each from Myers, Alexander and Ty Whitworth, and 1 a piece from Jamison, Lawrence, Curry, Reed and Chambers.
Lawrence scored twice for Nashville, with a run each from Myers, Jamison, Jordan Williams, Curry, Reed, Nichols, Chambers and Trace Beene.
Nashville had 9 RBIs, led by Lawrence with 2, and 1 each from Myers, Jamison, Alexander, Whitworth, Reed, Nichols and Chambers.
Three Scrappers pitched against the Panthers. Chambers pitched 1 inning, with 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 errors and a walk, with no strikeouts. His strike percentage was 55.3. Liggin pitched 2 innings, with 4 hits, 6 runs, 5 errors, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts for a strike percentage of 50.8. Alexander pitched 3 innings, with 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 error, no walks and no strikeouts. His strike percentage was 72.2.
The Scrappers recorded 24 quality at bats against the Panthers, with 5 from Alexander, 4 from Nichols, 3 each from Curry and Myers, 2 each from Whitworth, Jamison and Lawrence, and 1 each from Reed, Chambers and Liggin.
The Scrappers led 5-0 after the first 2 innings Monday afternoon at HSU in the consolation game against CAC. The Mustangs chipped away at the lead in the third and fourth innings before scoring 4 times in the fifth and twice in the seventh to take the win.
CAC scored 9 runs on 10 hits with 2 errors, while the Scrappers had 8 runs on 7 hits with 5 errors.
Myers put up 3 runs to lead the Scrappers, with 2 from Snodgrass and 1 run each from Jamison, Nichols and Chambers.
Myers was the leading hitter with 2. Jamison, Alexander, Lawrence, Liggin and Reed had 1 a piece.
Alexander had 3 of Nashville’s 6 RBIs, with the remainder coming from Myers, Lawrence and Reed.
Nashville had 22 quality at bats against CAC, led by Curry, Jamison, Lawrence, Myers and Alexander with 3 each. Liggin and Chambers each had 2, with 1 a piece from Reed, Nichols and Hockaday.
Reed pitched 4.1 innings, with 6 hits, 7 runs, 4 errors, 2 walks and a strikeout. Curry finished the game with 2 runs off 4 hits, 1 eror, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Curry finsihed the game with a 64.6 strike percentage; Reed had 60.0.

Scrapperettes win district softball tournament

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
They didn’t get their trophy Saturday afternoon, but the Nashville Scrapperettes won the District 7-4A tournament with a 16-2 victory over Malvern.
Trophies for the champions and runners-up didn’t arrive in time for the game, but the championship hardware was to be sent to the Scrapperettes this week.
With the district regular-season and tournament titles secured, the Scrapperettes are preparing for the first game of regionals.
Nashville will host the Class 4A South tournament Friday, Saturday and Monday at the Nashville City Park. The Scrapperettes, top seed from 7-4A, will play Dewitt, the four seed from 8-4A, at 10 a.m. on Futrell Field.
The winner advances to the regional semifinal Saturday at 12 noon on Futrell Field.
Other games set for Friday include Bauxite and Monticello at 12:30 p.m., Ashdown and Hamburg at 3 p.m. and Dumas and Malvern at 5:30 p.m.
The top 4 teams from the regional will advance to the state 4A tournament May 15-17 in Monticello.
Winning the district tournament was “big going into regionals,” Coach Paul Ernest said. “It got us the number one seed in regionals. If we execute our small ball game the way we did in the tournament and get production from our big sticks, we’ll be hard to defend.”
The Scrapperettes fell behind 2-0 against Bauxite in the semifinals Saturday afternoon before outscoring the Lady Miners 10-1 the rest of the way.
“We came out a little flat,” Ernest said. “Bauxite was riding some momentum after 2 big wins” earlier in the tournament.”
After spotting the Lady Miners 2 runs, the Scrapperettes tied the score at 2-2 in the second, then added 5 in the third and 3 in the fifth. Bauxite’s other score came in the third.
The Scrapperettes scored 10 runs on 10 hits with 1 error. Bauxite had 3 runs, 5 hits and 3 errors.
Alyssa Harrison scored 2 home runs for Nashville, with Hannah White scoring another.
Leading scorers included Harrison, Kathleen Lance, White and Maddi Horton with 2 each, and 1 run a piece from Avery Kesterson and Shayla Wright.
Harrison led the team in hits with 2, followed by Kynnedi Gordon, Lance, Avery Kesterson, White, Wright, Keeley Miller, Kaylea Carver and Mattie Jamison with 1 each.
Harrison had 4 of the Scrapperettes’ 10 RBIs. White added 2, with 1 each from Gordon, Lance, Miller and Jamison.
Brittany Hilliard pitched the entire game for Nashville, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out 5 batters; 71 percent of her pitches went for strikes.
“We came out and executed our small ball game pretty well. We hit it hard several times. Our big sticks had 3 home runs,” Ernest said.
“Brittany did a good job pitching. We had 10 hits including 3 home runs and held them to 5 hits. That’s good defense,” Ernest said.
The win sent the Scrapperettes to the championship game against Malvern. The Lady Leopards defeated Ashdown in 8 innings in the other semifinal game.
Again, the Scrapperettes fell behind 2-0 at the top of the first inning before scoring 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
From that point on, Nashville added 14 runs to none for Malvern in a game called by the run rule in the fifth inning.
The Scrapperettes had 16 runs on 14 hits with 2 errors. Malvern had 2 runs, 3 hits and 1 error.
Avery Kesterson led the Scrapperette batters, going 4 of 4 at the plate and scoring 4 runs. Wright had 3 hits; Harrison, Gordon and Miller had 2 hits each, and Carver added 1.
Lance and Kesterson were the leading scorers with 4 runs a piece; Wright added 3, Horton 2, and 1 each from Harrison, Carver and Jamison.
The Scrapperettes had 12 RBis, led by 3 from Harrison, 2 each from Gordon, Wright and Miller, and 1 each from Lance, White and Jamison.
Anna Kesterson pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and a walk while striking out 4 Lady Leopards. Her strikeout percentage was 63.2.
“We had great pitching from Anna. She’s having an incredible freshman year,” Ernest said.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” Ernest said of the district title. “These seniors had never won the district tournament. It’s gratifying to see that accomplishment.”

Nashville track updates

Scrapperette Track
The Nashville Scrapperettes finished fourth with 66 points in the District 7-4A track meet Thursday at Ashdown.
First place went to Ashdown, followed by Pulaski Robinson and Bauxite.
Lacie Grace of Nashville won the discus with a throw of 99-5. Lydia Gaddis of Nashville was third with 94-6.
Other Scrapperette finishes include the following:
200-m dash – 5. Kassidy Snowden, 27.26.
400-m dash 3. Snowden, 1:03.19.
1600-m run – 7. Elise Vander Syche, 7:06.90
300-m hurdles – 2. Asia Munn, 53.33.
High jump – 3. Snowden, 5-2.
Long jump – 4. Snowden, 16-5.
Triple jump – 2. Snowden, 36-6.
Shot put – 2. Snowden, 32-4; 7. Gaddis, 30-0; 8. Karie Porter, 29-1.
Snowden, Grace and Gaddis were scheduled to compete Tuesday in the Class 4A state meet at Heber Springs.
Scrapper Track
The Scrappers won the District 7-4A track championship Thursday at Ashdown. Nashville rolled up 236.5 points, followed by Ashdown with 175.5, Robinson with 85 and Bauxite with 70 to round out the top four.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
100-m dash – 1. Darius Hopkins, 11.30; 2. Jalen Jones, 11.37; 8. Jamie Newton, 11.64.
200-m dash – 2. Jones, 24.01; 4. Newton, 24.26.
400-m dash – 1. Beavert, 52.21; 4. Jailon Gamble, 53.98; 7. Warren May, 58.02.
800-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 2:07.25; 6. Braden Bowman, 2:18.12; 8. Ignacio Perez, 2:20.30.
1600-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 4:42.62; 4. Ignacio Perez, 5:16l36; 8. Bowman, 5:22.10; 8. Matthew Carver, 5:38.03.
3200-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 10:48.44; 4. Ignacio Perez, 11:36.26; 5. Bowman, 6. Carver, 12:17.58.
110-m hurdles – 7. Austin Gibbs, 19.30; 8. Robbie Morphew, 20.13.
300-m hurdles – 4. Gibbs, 46.35; 6. Morphew, 46.48.
4 x 100-m relay – 2. Nashville, Newton, Hopkins, Beavert, Jones; 44.33.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Beavert, Jamyric Gamble, 3. May, 4. Jones.
4 x 800-m relay 1. Nashville, Eric Perez, Bowman, Ignacio Perez, Morphew, 8:56.15.
High jump – 3. Trey Hughes, 5-10; 7. Terrell Grundy, 5-06.
Pole vault – 1. Trace Beene, 10-00; 3. Beavert, 9-00; 4. Dalton Smead, 7-06 and Gibbs, 7-06.
Long jump – 3. Shavonte Norvell, 19-10 3/4; 6. Grundy, 19-05 3/4.
Triple jump – 2. Hughes, 43-02; 8. Grundy, 38-07 1/2.
Shot put – 1. Treeveon Walker, 46-06; 3. Rashon Lee, 46-01 1/2; 4. Marvis Muldrow, 42-07.
Discus – 1. Muldrow, 137-09; 2. Lee, 134-08; 6. Dillon Honea, 114-01.
The Scrappers were scheduled to compete in the state Class 4A meet Tuesday at Heber Springs.
Junior Scrapper Track
The Nashville Junior Scrappers took first place in the District 7-4A junior high track meet April 24 in Ashdown.
Nashville nearly doubled the host team’s score, putting up 281 points to 146 for Ashdown. Bauxite was third with 104, and Arkadelphia was fourth with 61.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
100-m – 1. Darius Hopkins, 11.6; 2. Austin Gibbs, 12.2; 6. Trent Harris, 13.0.
200-m – 1. Hopkins, 24.1; 4. Sam Cogburn, 26.6; 6. Harris, 26.8.
110-m hurdles – 1. Gibbs, 18.6; 2. Jacoree Walker, 20.0.
1600-m run – 2. Angel Hernandez, 5:57.35; 3. Kenneth Luper, 6:04.79; 5. Garrett Lance, 6:08.33; 6. Chris Willard, 6:09.99.
800-m run – 5. Luper, 2:30.70; 6. Alex Littlefield, 2:38.91; 7. Hernandez, 2:42.09.
4 x 800-m relay – 2. Nashville, Luper, Hernandez, gage Webb and Littlefield, 9:44.78.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Kailus Hughes, Hernandez, Luper and Littlefield, 4:07.
4 x 100-m relay – 1. Nashville, Trent Harris, Hopkins, Cogburn and Gibbs, 48.1.
400-m dash – Hopkins, 59.5; Hughes, 1:00.
300-m hurdles – 1. Gibbs, 46.2; 2. Jacoree Walker, 50.8.
Shot put – 1. Jarvis Holmes, 44-3; 2. Kirby Adcock, 39-11; 5. Mace Green, 47-8; 6. Chris Waldrop, 37-3.
Discus – 1. Austin Bowman, 126-9; 2. Adcock, 121-7; 4. Waldrop, 113-9; 6. Holmes, 112-5.
Long Jump – 3. Hopkins, 17-3; 4. Cogburn, 16-11; 5. Gibbs, 16-4 3/4.
High jump – 2. Cogburn, 5-6; 3. Hopkins, 5-2; 4. C.J. Spencer, 5-2; 5. Walker, 5-2.
Triple jump – 2. Gibbs, 36-3; 3. Spencer, 35-10. 7. Hughes, 31-6 1/2; 8. K.D. Mathis, 29-8.
Pole vault – 1. Trace Beene, 9-6; 2. Dalton Smead, 9-0; 3. Tyler Hanson, 7-6; 7. Webb, 7-0.
Hopkins won high point honors.
Junior Scrapperette Track
The Junior Scrapperettes won the District 7-4A track championship April 24 at Ashdown.
Nashville took first place with 234 points; Arkadelphia was second with 136.
Brookelyen Cox of Nashville earned high point honors with 60.
Results for the Junior Scrapperettes include the following:
 4 x 800-m relay – 1. Nashville, Allison Reeder, Chloe Scoggins, Jasmine Scott and Bailey Denton, 11:50.
110-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 18.17; 6. Kalice Munn, 20.05.
100-m dash – 1. Cox, 13.05; 4. Osheanna Williams, 13.80.
1600-m run – 1. Jessica Bradford, 6:41; 3. Bravyn Bell, 4. Hannah Faulkner.
4 x 100-m relay – 1. Nashville, K. Munn, A. Munn, Kianna McElroy, Williams, 56.6.
400-m dash – 1. Cox, 63.6; 3. Scoggins, 3. 69.3; 4. Julianne Futrell, 70.01.
300-m hurdles – 1. A. Munn, 47.45; 6. K. Munn, 57.5; 7. Daisy Grundy, 58.4.
800-m run – 1. Denton, 2:53; 6. Bradford, 3:08.
200-m dash – 1. Cox, 27.6; 3. Williams, 29.5; 4. A. Munn, 30.10.
4 x 400-m relay 1. Nashville, Reeder, Scoggins, Scott, Denton.
Long jump – 1. Cox, 15-8; 2. McElroy, 13-3; 3. Williams, 14-0.
Triple jump – 1. Cox, 32-3; 5. McElroy, 27-5; 6. Williams, 27-3.
High jump – 1. A. Munn, 4-6; tie for second Denton and Williams, 4-4; 4. Scott, 4-02.
Shot put – 1. Cox, 34-1; 2. A. Munn, 32-10; 6. K. Munn, 27-10.
Discus – 4. Laisa Reminez, 57-6; 5. Denton, 56-8, 7. Reeder, 53-10.



Mine Creek Revelations: Newhope (One Word)

Brand new shiny green and white highway signs proclaim “Newhope.”
One word.
Signs are up on east, west and south sides where highways enter that community.
Credit goes to Parker Westbrook who agitated a friend at the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department until that friend (or, former friend) managed to get the signs swappped out.
Both of my regular readers will remember Mine Creek Revelation columns about New Hope/Newhope, and Postmistress Jo-Lee Westfall who researched the subject and learned that one of her predecessors had arbitrarily changed the name of that nice place.
The ‘old’ two-word New Hope signs placed by the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department just confused things. I’m sure the ‘new’ ones will clear up everything.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jacquelyn Cuellar, a Nashville first grader, who won third place in the recent writing contest sponsored by the Arkansas Education Television Network and the Public Broadcasting System.
Her entry was entitled “The Day at the Circus,” and it was accented with some swell original drawings.
Sitting out in the warm sun on my patio, last weekend, I happened to look up when I was crossed by the shadow of a bird which passed overhead.
It was one of ‘my’ Mississippi kites. They’re back, so the population of smaller birds, mice, snakes, lizards, bats, etc., is in jeopardy, again, until October.
Later in the day, a duo of the sleek gray birds flew lazy circles in formation. Probably just for my entertainment.
I wish I could train them to hunt squirrels. A family of squirrels is terrorizing my patio birdfeeder these days. It took them several weeks to discover that the tube was full of delicious seeds, and that they could bully the birds away from the banquet.
I’m not good enough with my trusty Daisy Red Ryder Signature 1988 Model BB rifle to keep them away from the feeder for very long.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. A rat about half the size of my shoe, curled up on its back — dead — in my patio landscaping. What killed it? Old age? Certainly not a Daisy BB.
A PUN FROM my friend out Corinth way: A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is a seasoned veteran.
HAVING A SENIOR BLADDER is no fun. However, it can be helpful from time-to-time.
Like late Monday night and early Tuesday morning when that very bladder awakened me from my slumber a few times.
Instead of grumbling, I headed out to the patio and found a chair. I sat in the comfortable chair and watched the heavens for at least five minutes per bladder visit.
And never saw anything of the ‘Eta Aquarids’ meteor shower. Not one shooting star. Nada, nein, zilch, nillo, none, etc.
The event was not expected to be anything significant, other than that the shooters were debris left in the trail of Halley’s Comet. Earth passes through the field twice a year, according to ‘,’ and the celestial crossing is supposed to produce a few meteors.
Watching for the Eta Aquarids is mostly just a sentimental exercise anyway because, after all, this is dust of Halley’s Comet!
Back during the 1986 visit, I went out in the backyard. I laid down on a quilt in the darkness and just barely managed to find Halley’s through my powerful binoculars. It appeared to be just a smudge in the sky, but I was thrilled to see this space visitor which barrels by Earth every 75-76 years. Sometimes it’s bright and fearful; sometimes it’s just a faint smudge. Just my luck.
Halley’s is due back here in about 2061. A few people get to see it twice in their lifetimes.
While I did not see any meteors early Tuesday morning, I did hear something scratching around in the bushes, once. That visit to the patio might have been juuuuuust a teeeeeeny bit briefer than the others. We’ve had a skunk, lately.
But, hope springs eternal. I heard that somewhere.
‘’ also tells us that there may be a fantastic meteor display later this month.
On the nights and early mornings of May 23-24, the earth will plow through debris left in the trail of Comet209P/LINEAR. That name is impressive, isn’t it?
The authors tell us that there may be as many as 1,000 shooting stars per hour.
On the other hand, the experts also say:
“… or the anticipated fireworks may fizzle out.”
The skywatchers always leave themselves a way out of declarative statements, don’t they?
Of course, it’ll probably be overcast here.
J-TURNS. Don’t get me started. We saw a 1-ton white truck pull a reverse J-Turn right in front of our office, Tuesday morning. Then, it sped off to the north.
One loyal reader says I’m going to kill the remaining downtown business if I keep up with this war on J-Turns. War? This hasn’t been a war. Just wait until the mayor deputizes me. THEN you’ll see a war!
HE SAID: “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President
SHE SAID: “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” Oprah Winfrey, entertainer

Obituaries (Week of May 5)

Wallace L. Walters
Wallace L. Walters, 79 of Nathan, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Little Rock.
He was born June 2, 1934 in Natchez, Miss., the son of the late Calvin Eugene and Annie Belle Parker Walters.
He was a retired welder and a Navy veteran.
He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Vidalia, La.
He was preceded in death five brothers: Earskin, George, Thurman, John, and Billy Walters; and two sisters, Helen Harper and Betty Dillon.
Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Edith Hampton Walters of Nathan; a daughter, Deborah Sisson of Nashville; a sister, Georgia Faye Jones of Meadville, Miss.; also grand children and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Biggs Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Al Terrell officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday night from 6-8.
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Roy Odean Westfall
Roy Odean Westfall, 87, of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Cedar Hill, Texas.
He was born March 10, 1927 in Nathan, Ark., to the late Jordan Luther and Chloe Marie Harris Westfall.
Mr. Westfall was a member of the Bingen First United Methodist Church, a founding member of the Bingen Volunteer Fire Department, a World War II Army Veteran, a Golden Eagle for the NRA, and was retired from the Hempstead County Road Department.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred Breedlove Westfall; a son, Carl David Westfall; and a brother Orville Westfall.
Survivors include: two sons, Freddie Westfall and wife Cindy of Royston, Ga., and Paul Westfall and wife Sharon of Oxford, N.C.; a daughter, Anna Chandler and husband Rick of Cedar Hill, Texas; four brothers, T.J. Westfall of Nashville, Ark., Joe Westfall of Mineral Springs, Ark., Harold Westfall of North Richland Hills, Texas; and Glen Westfall of Paris, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville, with Bro. James Harris and Matt Bennett officiating. Burial followed in Ozan Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Bingen Volunteer Fire Department or Bingen United Methodist Church.
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James Robert Jackson
James Robert “Jake” Jackson, 54, a resident of Cleveland, Tenn., passed away on April 16, 2014 in Nashville, Tenn., succumbing to injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Dec. 26, 2013.
Jake was born Nov. 27, 1959 in Atlanta, Ga.
He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. He was employed as a mechanical engineer by Whirlpool Corporation in Cleveland, Tenn., at the time of his death and was previously employed by Poulan/Electrolux in Nashville, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Krogman Jackson of Cleveland, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Catherine Jackson of Cookeville, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Jaima and Scott Shoup of Cookeville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Elizabeth and Rebecca Jackson, Kyla Shoup, all of Cookeville, Tenn.; mother and stepfather, Veva and Billy Foster of Horatio, Ark.; brother, David Jackson of Horatio, Ark.; father, Ed Jackson of Houston, Texas; stepdaughter, Janean Mills of Cookeville, Tenn.; step-granddaughters Jocelyn and Jaylin Mills. He leaves behind also a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Jake loved his family and friends and all will miss him greatly.
Jake’s physical body was cremated at his request and his soul is in heaven awaiting the rest of us. A memorial service is planned for July 26th, 2014 at Companion Funeral & Cremation Service, 2415 Georgetown Rd. NW, Cleveland, TN 37311 (check with Companion for any change or exact time). In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to Horatio United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.
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Vada Jean Ward
Vada Jean Ward, 78 of Nashville, Ark., died Friday, May 2, 2014 at her home.
She was born Oct. 22, 1935 in Prescott, Ark., to the late Earl Newton and Martha Della Richardson Gourley. She was a salesclerk for Western Auto Store in Nashville and was a Baptist.
Preceding her in death was a daughter, Debra Jean Holliday; a brother, Bud Gourley; and a sister, Maxine McKamie.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Hershel Ward of Nashville; a son, Michael Lynn Ward of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Pamela Diane Carver of Nashville; five sisters, Ada Faye Tompkins of Prescott, Margaret Cornelius of Hope, Betty Jo Bailey of Hope, Karen Neneman of Wisconsin, and Linda Grant of Hope; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Monday , May 5, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Restland Memorial Park Cemetery with Bro. Kevin Jewell officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2-4.
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Ron Windole Elmore
Ron Windole Elmore, 56, of McCaskill,died Friday, May 2, 2014 at his home.
He was born May 20, 1957 in Hope, Ark., the son of the late Thomas and Eloise Nita Stone Elmore.
He was preceded in death by his son, Ron Windole Elmore, Jr.
Survivors include: his wife, Karen Elmore of McCaskill; a son, Todd Thomas Elmore of Hope; one brother, Scott Elmore of McCaskill; and a granddaughter.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Harris Cemetery in McCaskill, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
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View From The Inside: Couple uses experience to raise awareness of Congenital Heart Defect

HIS FIRST DAYS. Little Kip Hollin Cogburn’s life started with a battery of tests, tubes and monitors back in January.

By Abbie Hughes Cogburn
Special to The Leader
Kip Hollin Cogburn was born at 2:39 p.m. Jan. 23, 2014 to Abbie and Cody Cogburn. He weighed 6 lbs. 8oz., and was 19″ long. The doctor realized right away that his cry was not right. The doctors and nurses surrounded him and soon took him away to the nursery.
We didn’t get to hold or touch him and I actually couldn’t even see him from where I was. I don’t know why, but we didn’t really expect anything to be wrong. After several hours, the pediatrician came in and told us that our baby was having some trouble breathing. They said it could be a normal newborn lung problem and it was fairly common, but that he was going to need to be air-lifted to a bigger hospital in Little Rock to find out exactly what the problem was.
The pediatrician said that he would need to be on a ventilator because he was not breathing on his own and that I would have to stay in Arkadelphia to be sure there were no complications from birth. Kip spent the night in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) where they did lung treatments. Even after the treatments, the doctor was not pleased with his oxygen saturation, so he ordered an echo of Kip’s heart. I was released and made it to Little Rock just in time to talk to the doctor.
That’s when we learned that Kip had a rare form of Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) called Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venus Return (TAPVR). He would need a heart surgery. They sent us by ambulance to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. ACH did additional testing and decided the surgery was very urgent.
We were floored, in shock, and completely confused. We didn’t even really know what CHD was or how likely it was that he would survive. His complete diagnosis also included Arterial Septal Defect (ASD) and Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA). At right about 24 hours old, when we should have been leaving the hospital with our newborn, they took our baby to prep him for open heart surgery. That was the longest six hours of our lives.
Eventually we got the call that surgery went well, there was minimal bleeding and they were pleased with the repair. I can’t even explain the joy and relief we felt! Kip was then settled into his own room in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), where we witnessed some of the most heartbreaking things we have ever seen.

GETTING BETTER. Cody and Abbie Cogburn at Kip’s bedside in Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The hardest few days were the first ones while we waited for him to wake up. He was very sensitive to the morphine and didn’t move or open his eyes for days. It felt like an eternity. After he woke up, everything went great, his stats remained stable and he showed improvement everyday. We only had one minor setback. After a tube that was draining blood and fluid away from his chest was removed, they found fluid by his lungs and had to put in another drain tube. That was a great and terrible day because when they took the tube out that morning we got to hold him for the first time, but that evening when the tube had to be replaced it scared us so much.
After that day his improvements were quick and very impressive. I guess what amazed me so much is how something so tiny could be so strong. We were then moved out of the ICU room and to our own room where my husband and I could sleep in the room with him and provide most of his care. Cody went back to work and I stayed with Kip. Being alone at the hospital was hard, but I could hold him when I wanted, and that eased the loneliness. I met other parents and joined some Facebook groups to pass the time. Everyone at ACH – doctors, other parents, nurses, and staff – were so supportive, we could not have made it without them. We were so very fortunate, as most babies born with heart defects have a much harder journey than Kip’s.
On Saturday morning, Feb. 8, after two weeks that seemed like years, we were released from children’s hospital. At which time Kip weighed 5 lbs. and 8oz. We could go home and Kip was gonna be okay! The only problem was that southwest and central Arkansas had received somewhere between one to three inches of snow the previous night! So we had a very long and stressful three-hour car ride home.
Kip Hollin Cogburn has been a completely normal and happy baby ever since.
Being in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is something that no one can be prepared for. There is something so terribly isolating about the beeps and buzzes of the machines. However, for some reason I never saw my child or myself as a victim. I somehow knew he would be okay and we would all survive.
Maybe I just couldn’t consider the alternative. But something I couldn’t prepare myself for was the absolute heartbreak I felt when the code alarm sounded on the floor and every nurse, technician, and doctor ran to the room down the hall where a child was fighting for their life. I didn’t expect to feel the connection to other heart parents, or the need to reach out to them. It is a passion that had grow inside of me.

HIS FIRST EASTER SUNDAY. Bright-eyed Kip photographed on Easter Sunday.

I feel like what happened to Kip happened so that I could provide a unique perspective and start a campaign to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defect. Ask your doctor about CHD. Knowing could save a child you love. Please Follow Kip’s Story on Facebook at
Here are some facts about CHD from the Children’s Heart Foundation:
  • Congenital heart defects are America’s and every country’s #1 birth defect.
  • Nearly one of every 100 babies is born with a CHD.
  • Congenital heart defects are the #1 cause of birth defect related deaths.
- Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of ALL infant deaths in the United States.
- Each year approximately 40,000 babies are born in the United States with a congenital heart defect. Thousands of them will not reach their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood.
  • Each year over 1,000,000 babies are born worldwide with a congenital heart defect. 100,000 of them will not live to see their first birthday and thousands more die before they reach adulthood.
Kip’s parents have also started a project called Every Heart Bracelets. Abbie hand makes bracelets and gives them to families affected by CHD as a token of hope and encouragement. The Cogburns are also in the process of planning a toiletry drive for ACH to donate travel-size toiletries for families who are staying at the hospital. For more information and to find out how to help, visit the website
Abbie is the daughter of Gary and Tyra Hughes of Nashville and the granddaughter of Jerry and Carolyn Busby and Frank and Myra Hughes. Cody is the son of Bobby and Joann Martin of Murfreesboro and the grandson of Myra Brasel, Patricia and Hershel Cox, and Jimmy and Shirley Cogburn.

Way of the Cross

PASSION OF CHRIST. Among the Holy Week activities at St. Martin Catholic Church last week was the re-enactment of Christ carrying his cross to Calvary under the lash of Roman soldiers. St. Martin’s parishioner Gonzalo Recindez is in the role of Christ in the Good Friday procession on Second Street. The event concluded in the crucifixions of Christ and two thieves after his trial.

Obituaries (Week of April 21)

Dewey Blount
Dewey Blount, 76, of Delight, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.
He was born July 24, 1937 in Delight, the son of the late Grover Blount and Myrtle Cross Blount.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Army Veteran, retired welder, and an egg producer.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Blount.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruth Blount of Delight; a daughter, Carol Young and husband, Myron of Texarkana, Ark.; a brother, Lindell Blount of Delight; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel, Murfreesboro with Larry Miller officiating. Burial followed in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Friday,  April 18, 2014 at the chapel in Murfreesboro.
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Dillard D.  Hill
Mr. Dillard D. Hill, age 83, a resident of Dierks, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home.
He was born Oct. 1, 1930 in the Burg Community near Umpire, Ark. He was a logger all his life, an avid hunter and a Baptist.  He married Ila Lavelle Artre on July 5, 1950.
Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents, James and Rosa Choate Hill; 3 brothers, 7 sisters and one daughter, Sandra D. Hill Simmons.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ila Hill; three daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Gary Bobo of Dierks, Ark., Cathy and Bruce Francis of Kirby, Ark., and Jeanne and Glenn Davis of De Queen, Ark.; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Madonna Hill of Dierks, Ark.; one sister, Betty Lee Brock of Dierks, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral Services for Mr. Hill were at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014 in Dierks First Baptist Church with David Blase officiating. Burial followed in the Burg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family received friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 18 at the funeral home in Dierks.
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John Bell Roberson
John Bell Roberson, 92, of Nashville, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Sept. 21, 1921 in Howard County, the son of the late John J. and Mary Bell Roberson.
He served in the South Pacific in World War II, was a graduate of University of Arkansas, a retired teacher and cattle farmer, and member of the First Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Roberson on Nov. 8, 2012; and his sister, Mary Frances Roberson Schirmer on July 19, 1996.
He was cremated with no services. His ashes will be scattered at the “Big Ditch” on the  Roberson Farm on Highway 369 in the same location as his wife, JoAnn.
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Larry Ray Wynn
Larry Ray “Pat” Wynn, 68, died Monday, April 14, 2014.
He was born Aug. 28, 1946, in Nashville, the son of the late Maurice and Tommie Lee Wynn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gracie Wynn; and a brother, Maurice Wynn, Jr.
He was a member of New Light CME Church.
Services were Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. After the services his wish was to be cremated.
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John H. Butler
John H. Butler, 86, of Lockesburg, died April 17, 2014.
He was born Nov. 17, 1928 at Lockesburg to the late Henry and Emma Young Butler.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a former police chief of Texarkana, Ark., and was a member of Lockesburg First United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Baxley, and a brother, Dennis Butler.
Survivors include: his wife of almost 65 years, Audine Butler; and a sister, Bonnie Johnson of Sulphur Springs, Texas.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, April 21, 2014 at Lockesburg First United Methodist Church with Rev. Terry Chapman officiating. Burial followed in the Bellville Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
John William Newberg
John William ‘Billy’ Newberg, 70, of Ashdown, died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home.
He was born June 10, 1943 in Nashville, to the late Henry and Sarah Newberg. He was a member of Waterall Christian Church. He was retired from Domtar and was Vice President of the Soars Org., and a founding member of Union Local 1329.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Blake Preston Newberg.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Ellis Newberg of Ashdown; two sons, William Todd Newberg of Fouke, and John Michael Newberg of Hope; a daughter, Jonna Ann Toler of Williamsburg, Va.; two brothers, Donnie Newberg of Nashville, and James Newberg of Nacogdoches, Texas; also grandchildren.
Visitation was Sunday April 20, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown.
Funeral service were Monday April 21, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown, with Sonny Nut and David Scurlock officiating. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ashdown. Arrangements were under the direction of Madden Funeral Home in Ashdown.


Mine Creek Revelations: If ever deputized

OBAMACARE. After taking quite a licking from political opponents, the Affordable Health Care Act may be getting well. Or at least feeling better.
The Christian health clinic at Mena is closing, and according to a newspaper article, organizers say it is because almost all of their formerly-uninsured ‘patients’ now have health insurance. Now they can go to the hospital or see a physician. The Mena clinic has lost so many patients that it has opted to close. And that’s a good sign, I guess.
Here, my buddy Bill Blakely says that the Howard County Christian Health Center has seen a big drop in the number of patients, also thought to be due to the number of people who have signed up for Obamacare. “We have no intention of closing, though,” Brother Billy sez.
One good thing about Obamacare and the Christian health clinics is that chronically sick folks are no longer using the hospital emergency room for primary health care. The fact is that a lot of those people weren’t paying for the medical care they got at the ER, and the burden fell upon the hospital.
I am not smart enough to know if ‘Obamacare’ is good or bad, but I don’t know of anyone who didn’t think the healthcare industry didn’t need a prescription.
I had a perfesser in college who used to say “A mediocre plan put into action soon enough is much better than a great plan put into action too late.”
J-TURNS. Every time I ask Mayor Billy Ray Jones about deputizing me he acts like I’m from another planet. I’m willing to undergo special training on weekends and will even pay for my own uniforms if I can find anything at an Army surplus store in my size.
I am totally dedicated to ending J-turns and sagging in our town. At least in the central business district between the Post Office and the railroad tracks.
I got an anonymous phone call the other day. The caller wanted to know if I was the “J-Turn Policeman Wannabee,” and said I needed to undergo emergency psychiatric treatment. “You’re flat fixated on J-Turns,” the caller shouted before severing the connection. When people used to want to end a telephone conversation emphatically, they’d slam the receiver down. But now most calls are made with cellphones and if you slam them down hard you frequently have to go visit the phone store again. So, usually now you just hear a ‘click.’
The way I see my deputized duties is this: I’d stand out on the sidewalk watching up and down the street for J-Turn criminals. When someone turned across oncoming traffic to get to a parking spot I’d jog to the vehicle (well, maybe I’d walk at a brisk pace) and give them a ticket.
As I have told you many times, a J-Turn ticket will cost you a total of $145 in fines and court costs when you go before Judge Steel-Gunter in District Court. So, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. I heard that somewhere.
As I have also told you many times, there will not be very many warning tickets issued. Only my closest friends and the sauciest women drivers are eligible for warning tickets.
I’m not sure whether or not I should be armed, but I plan on renewing my permit for a concealed handgun before I actually accost criminal drivers. You can’t be too careful, is what I always say.
My colleagues at “The Leader” office say they want to leave work early on the day I begin enforcing the J-Turn law.
It’s a great sacrifice on my part, I know, but I accept the heavy responsibility of enforcing traffic laws for the area of downtown Nashville from the Post Office south to the railroad tracks.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. Another part of the alley building behind the leader collapsed Monday morning. When it fell, thousands of bewildered bats were shaken from their deep slumber and swarmed into the bright morning sky. They are looking for a home, right now. For awhile the sky was literally black with bats.
And I keep looking up to see if the Mississippi kites have returned for the warm season. Thought I heard one the other day but I was underneath an oak canopy and couldn’t see whatever was flying overhead.
On a Sunday afternoon drive to Bowen Access on the Little Missouri River in Pike County, I spotted an enormous hawk sitting nonchalantly on a highway sign. Looking for a lizard, snake, mouse or even a bat for din-din.
Predator birds do us so much good; why did I shoot my BB gun at them when I was young?
A PUN FROM my friend out Corinth way: When chemists die they barium.
THINGS I LEARNED from opening the mail: Making a new aluminum can takes the same amount of energy as running your television set for 3 hours. It’s one more good reason to recycle.
HE SAID: “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.” H. G. Wells, Sci-Fi author
SHE SAID: “Any time people come together in a meeting, we’re not necessarily getting the best ideas; we’re just getting the ideas of the best talkers.” Susan Cain, author

Nashville Kindergarten pre-registration May 1

Parents that have a child that will be five years old on or before Aug. 1, 2014 and will be enrolling in Nashville Primary’s kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, need to pre-register the child for kindergarten.
Pre-registration will be Thursday, May 1, from 8-3 at the Primary School office. Parents need to bring the child to be pre-assessed while they are filling out registration papers.  Parents also need to bring the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, up-to-date shot records, and a recent physical assessment from a doctor.
If the child attends one of Nashville’s pre-schools or daycare centers, children will be pre-assessed at their pre-school/daycare. Registration papers will be sent home to those parents to be completed and returned to their child’s pre-school/daycare. Those parents and children do not need to attend pre-registration on May 1.
Students cannot be assigned to a kindergarten classroom until they have been pre-assessed, and registration papers with the necessary documents are returned to the Primary School.

Nashville Band Kick-off event May 15

The Nashville Band Program will have its annual “Band Kick-Off” Thursday, May 15, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Scrapper Dome Band Hall.
Any current fifth grader who is interested in joining band this fall should stop by, with a parent/guardian, at any point during these times.
There will be opportunities to try all the instruments, visit with band directors as well as current students and band parents.  Directors Sara Jo Morris and Nathan Evans said they are “so excited for what the future of the band program holds and we want as many upcoming 6th grade students to be a part of it.”
For more information, contact Morris at or Evans at You may also call the band hall at 845-7341.

Stadium, arena parking lot to be paved

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The gravel parking lot that serves Nashville High School, Scrapper Stadium and Scrapper Arena will soon be paved.
The Nashville School Board Monday night accepted a bid of $122,220 from Tri-State Asphalt of De Queen. Superintendent Doug Graham contacted the company following the board meeting to determine when work might begin.
The most likely start time will be in June, Graham was told, but the company did not rule out an earlier date, possibly before NHS graduation in May.
No start time or completion date has been set.
The project calls for Tri-State to blade the gravel parking lot and compact and set up before an overlay of asphalt. The company will asphalt the parking lot with a 2-impaction of asphalt 182 feet wide and 512 feet long with a total square footage of 93,184 square feet.
The total amount of asphalt is 1,164 tons, according to the bid.
Tri-State will stripe all lines, arrows and handicapped symbols as needed.
Tri-State’s bid was the lowest of four received for the project.
The others ranged from $147,900 to $133,455.
Tri-State also overlaid the parking lot at ABC Pre-School, Graham said.
In another construction-related matter, Graham said the state Department of Education’s Facilities Division cancelled a meeting here last week to discuss Phase 4 of the district’s facilities improvement project.
“They will come this Friday and check the first three phases and look at Phase 4. They will give us bottom line numbers on 4,” Graham said.
The district is awaiting the amount of partnership money which the state for Phase 4, which includes enclosing the courtyard at NHS. Other work will depend on state funding to combine with local money.
“If they give us numbers we can live with, we’ll have a special board meeting soon,” Graham said.
Once the project is approved, Graham expects construction to be completed during the fall semester.
Graham updated the board on plans to replace the Scrapper Stadium light pole which fell onto a car April 8. The insurance company has approved a replacement, Graham said.
The state Class 4A track meet originally scheduled for Nashville has been moved to Heber Springs because district officials decided not to have it at the stadium without one of the four light poles. No date has been set for the new pole to be installed.
An engineer recently inspected the remaining poles and said they are safe, Graham said.
The poles were installed in 1999 and have a life expectancy of 18-20 years, Graham said. “We’re on year 15. This is something we will have to take care of in the future.”
The pole which fell was located on the home side between the stands and ticket booth. Graham said the new pole will also have lighting on its east side to illuminate the parking lot for the stadium and arena.
Other business
In other business during the April meeting, the board approved increase to the 2013-14 salary schedule for licensed personnel.
The schedule adds $400 to BSE and BSE 18 with no years of experience; $500 to MSE and MSE 15 with no years of experience; $500 to all steps for years 2-15; and adds a step to the salary schedule for year 16 of $300.
The proposal includes the $100 trust fund raise that the board approved last month, Graham said.
Licensed personnel voted in favor of the proposal 155-0 before it was submitted to the school board, Graham said.
Graham said the district’s $36,600 base starting salary and $41,500 master’s degree salaries “are pretty competitive. The highest we pay [$52,600] is pretty much in line. Other districts may offer more for 30 years experience, but overall we’re competitive.”
Board members approved the district’s 2012-13 school audit. “It was a very good audit overall, maybe one of the best in years,” Graham said.
However, the audit found that “for the second year in a row in food services, there was an audit exception based on the numbers of misclassified free and reduced lunch applications,” Graham said.
The audit found that the district misclassified seven applications for free and reduced meal prices. Auditors pulled about 40-45 applications of a total of 800, Graham said. “They found seven mistakes out of that pool. We want a completely clean audit,” Graham said.
The district filed an action plan to correct the problem. Starting in August 2014, building principals will start calculating their buildings’ applications. Food services director Tina Conzel “will still be ultimately responsible for certifying all applications. She will check all applications as the principals turn the applications in to her office, and she will enter into the computer. I trust that with more people double checking the numbers at the beginning of school in the future, this should correct any issues,” Graham said.
The action plan said that during 2012-13, the district set aside several days when cafeteria managers “came in and worked with Ms. Conzel to certify and double check the applications. Mistakes were still made with this level of safeguard. We intend to upgrade our caution by using building principals in the future.”
Graham said there was “no mis-spent money. The audit found free and reduced applications in error.”
The audit exception in itself “is not the end of the world, but this is the second year in a row. It deals with a federal program. There were too many errors. This put a cloud over a very good audit. Being the second straight year takes it to a whole new level,” Graham said.
The only other note in the audit was a recurring one for many school districts, Graham said. “It found a lack of segregation of duties” in handling money, an issue which occurs annually throughout the state because of small numbers of office personnel. “We’ve grown used to this one. Most districts are written up on it. Our response was that we will add people as money allows.”
Board members re-employed certified and classified staff for 2014-15.
The board accepted the following resignations:
Coach Buster Bonner, head junior high girls basketball coach. Bonner has been in education for 30 years and coached in the district for 12 years, Graham said.
LaDonna Curtis, special education, elementary.
Erin Bell, special education, primary.
Betty Parker, food service manager at ABC.
Hollis Hughes, art teacher at junior high. “He joined us in 1976 and has 37 1/2 years,” Graham said.
J.M. Hartness, custodian at ABC.
The board hired the following staff:
Lou Ann Vance, special ed at elementary, succeeding LaDonna Curtis.
Brad Chesshir, teacher and assistant coach. Chesshir’s hiring follows the earlier resignation of Coach Don Cooley and the transfer of Coach Brian “Boomer” Brown to junior high.
Tami Westfall transfer to special education at primary, succeeding Erin Bell.
Darla Lamb, transfer to manager of food service at ABC, succeeding Betty Parker. Her pay will increase for the manager’s job to $10.04 per hour.
Veronica Fatherree, food technician at NHS.
Kim Reed, high school special education succeeding Cameron Allen, who resigned last month.


Relay for Life raises $2,100 at kick-off; event set for June 6

Relay season is officially here.
The Howard County Relay for Life group held its annual Kick-Off Saturday, April 12. Joanna Howard, one of the organizers, said that the total raised from the kickoff was around $2,100.
Relay for Life will be held June 6.
“There are 10 teams registered and about six more (for a total of 16) who are working on fund-raising,” according to Howard. “Our teams are doing all kinds of fund-raisers, including photo sessions, bake sales, raffles, etc.”
Currently, the Husqvarna team is holding a raffle for a limited edition pink chainsaw.
The Nashville High School team is hosting a pageant in May to benefit Relay For Life.
Howard said, “It’s not too late to sign up to form a team or participate. We do, however need all teams and participants registered by the end of this week to ensure a correct T-shirt order.”
For more information or to sign up to form or join a team, the website is The Facebook page may have more information as well, Howard said.

Howard County Circuit Court

A defendant who was ordered to have a mental evaluation was found not fit to proceed, and will remain at the state mental hospital until medical authorities find him fit to proceed.
Jerry Smith, 55, black male, Nashville, was facing charges of indecent exposure, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was one of 12 defendants who appeared Wednesday, the regular day for criminal court. On the bench was Judge Charles Yeargan.
Two persons pleaded guilty and received sentences.
Jason Pettit, 36, white male, Hope, waffled between giving a guilty and not guilty plea, and finally decided to plead guilty when he saw results of drug testing, according to court officials. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine, class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, also class D. Pettit had told the court that he was unhappy with his legal counsel, and former public defender LaJeana Jones was appointed to represent him. He was sentenced to five years in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), along with a fine and court costs.
A guilty plea was also given by Gonzollis Chrisp, 64, black male, Mineral Springs, charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, both class D felonies, and possession of marijuana and drinking on the highway, both misdemeanors. He was sentenced to five years in the ADC on Count 1, and the state ‘nolle prossed’ Counts 2, 3 and 4. He will be eligible for participation in ‘drug court’ in the 8th South District. He was also fined $1,000 and court costs.
A father-son duo who were out on bond, made first appearances two weeks ago, and crossed the street from the jail to appear again, last Wednesday, to enter their most recent not guilty pleas. They are charged again with possession of methamphetamine, class D felony.
The father, George Bamburg, 65, white male, Nashville, also had allegedly shot his son, Clint Bamburg, 39, white male, Nashville. The father will be represented by public defender Greg Vardaman, and pretrial motions will heard June 4.
The son, Clint Bamburg, will be represented by former Howard County Public Defender LaJeana Jones. He also has a June 4 date for pretrial motions.
A not guilty plea was given by Willie Lewis, 24, black male, Nashville, who told the judge he did not want the public defender. He is charged with delivery of cocaine, class C felony. His bond was reduced to $15,000 and a July 22 trial date was set. He is to return June 18 with his attorney.
Three defendants pleaded not true to charges that they failed to meet the terms of their probation sentences after felony convictions.
Steve Loment Bailey, 32, black male, Texarkana, Ark., pleaded not true to probation violation on his February 2013 conviction for furnishing prohibited articles, a class C felony. He was convicted of bringing contraband into the jail.
A not true plea was given by LaQuonia Hopkins, 26, black female, Nashville who was convicted in March of 2013 of aggravated assault, class D felony, and second degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Her probation revocation trial will be May 14.
A not true plea was given by Bennie White, 54, black male, Texarkana, Texas, charged with failure to meet terms of probation on his April 2001 conviction for class D felony non-support. A $1,700 cash bond was set. His probation revocation trial will be May 14.
Lamita Kay Graham, 49, black female, Nashville made two ‘first appearances’ before the court, meaning she had been arrested on warrants but not yet officially charged. She will return next week to enter formal pleas to the two separate charges. Her bond was set at $25,000 on each of the two pending charges.


Reading growth recognized at NES

OVERALL LEADERS IN READING GROWTH. Charlie Bissell, fourth grade; Kara Connell, fifth grade; and Torrence Morgan, sixth grade, showed the most growth in their grades on the STAR Reading Test for the third nine weeks at Nashville Elementary School.

Nashville Elementary School students take the STAR Reading test every nine weeks. The assessment assists teachers in instructional planning, according to teacher Bernice Jamison.
Data from the test gives teachers an individualized plan of growth for each student and for each class. Test scores also aid students in choosing books from the library.
Students who showed the most growth during the third nine weeks were recognized recently. Ten from each grade ate together in the cafeteria and received special treats, along with a free recess at the end of the day to mark their growth.
“Our faculty is very proud of these students’ efforts,” Jamison said.
Students include the following:
Fourth grade – Peyton Hilliard, Tyler Garner, Kaley Rosenbaum, Jonah Fant, Aaron Hernandez, Garrett Willard, Crystal Torries, Charlie Bissell, Steven Wright and Hayden Patrick.
Fifth grade – Kylie Voeller, Kash King, Kara Connell, Jacob Martin, Braden Funderburk, Olman Pineda, Anna Rhodes, Macy Morris, Chastin Johnson and Ridley Plant.
Sixth grade – Austin Tallant, Damillion Henderson, Torrence Morgan, Devon Barton, Amber Barnett, Cameron Reese, Autumn Miller, Anna Violante, Kendra Miller and Steven Bush.
Charlie Bissell, Kara Connell and Torrence Morgan showed the most growth in each grade, Jamison said.

Scrappers take 2 wins before loss to Malvern

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrappers routed Springhill 16-2 in a non-conference game last week and split a pair of District 7-4A contest, defeating Pulaski Robinson 11-1 while losing to Malvern 4-2.
Cameron Alexander hit 3 home runs on 3 trips to the plate against Springhill April 16. He also accounted for 7 RBIs and walked once. Alexander hit a 3-run home run in the first inning and added the others in the second and fourth.
Nick Myers homered for the Scrappers in the third inning.
For the game, the Scrappers had 16 runs on 14 hits and 1 error. Springhill had 2 runs, 4 hits and 6 errors.
Zach Jamison had 4 runs for the Scrappers, followed by Alexander and Myers with 3 each, and Tracy Beene, Kory Snodgrass, Storm Nichols, Justin Reed, Alex Curry and Kyler Lawrence with 1 each.
Alexander and Jamison led the team in hits with 3 a piece, followed by Lucas Liggin and Myers with 2 each, and Nichols, Reed, Curry and Lawrence with 1 run each.
The Scrappers recorded 21 quality at-bats against Springhill, led by Reed and Alexander with 4 each. Myers had 3, Dylan Chambers and Jamison had 2 each, with 1 a piece from Curry, Whitworth, Liggin, Nichols and Graves.
Scrapper batters had 16 RBIs in the contest, led by Alexander’s 7. Reed and Jamison had 2 each, with 1 RBI a piece from Chambers, Nichols, Lawrence, Myers and Blake Hockaday.
Chambers pitched 4 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 6. Alexander finished the 5-inning game, with 1 hit, no runs and no strikeouts.
Nashville led 3-0 after Alexander’s 3-run home run in the first. The Scrappers added 4 more in the second, 2 in the third and 7 in the fourth. Springhill scored twice in the fourth inning, and neither team put up any runs in the fifth.
The game was called after the fifth inning under the run rule.
The Scrappers posted a run rule win over Pulaski Robinson April 15, defeating the Senators 11-1 in 6 innings.
The game was close through the first four innings, with the Scrappers leading 2-1 after the fourth. Nashville put up 4 runs in the fifth and 5 in the sixth to take the win.
Scrapper runs included 2 each from Myers, Jamison, Lawrence and Chambers, with 1 each from Alexander, Jordan Williams and Snodgrass.
Alexander had 2 RBIs, with 1 from Lawrence.
Myers led the team in hits with 2; Jamison, Lawrence, Curry, Reed and Chambers had 1 each.
Reed pitched the entire game, giving up 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 3 Senators.
Nashville took a 2-0 lead over Malvern in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday afternoon before giving up 4 runs to the Leopards in the sixth. Malvern’s 4-2 lead turned out to be the final margin in the Senior Day game.
Scrapper scores came from Myers and Graves. Myers accounted for 2 of the Scrappers 3 hits, with the other coming from Alexander.
Reed was credited with an RBI.
Curry pitched five innings, giving up 2 hits and 4 runs; he struck out 8 Leopards. Reed finished the game, yielding 2 hits and no runs with 1 strike out.
Scrapper seniors and their parents were recognized before the game. They included Reed, Curry, Ty Whitworth, Chambers, Lawrence, Snodgrass, Nichols, Graves, Hockaday, Alexander and score keeper Jana Copeland.

Scrapperettes undefeated in conference play

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapperettes remain undefeated in District 7-4A after posting run rule wins last week over Central Arkansas Christian and Malvern.
Nashville defeated Central Arkansas Christian 13-0 in five innings April 15 in Little Rock. They came from behind Friday afternoon at the Nashville City Park to defeat Malvern 13-3 in 6 innings.
With the wins, the Scrapperettes are 4-0 in conference play, 9-5 overall. They were scheduled to play Arkansas Baptist Tuesday afternoon at Futrell Field. Today (Wednesday), they will travel to De Queen to play their former conference rivals, the Lady Leopards.
Thursday, the Scrapperettes will return to Little Rock to finish their game against Robinson. The game was called Tuesday afternoon because of rain. Nashville trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning.
Friday, the Scrapperettes will visit Bauxite for the final conference game of the regular season. They will host Murfreesboro April 28 before the District 7-4A tournament May 1-3.
Malvern took a 3-1 lead over the Scrapperettes in the first inning last Friday. The score held until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Nashville scored 6 runs. The Scrapperettes added 6 more in the sixth inning to end the game.
Nashville put up 16 hits with 1 error against Malvern. The Lady Leopards had 8 hits and 5 errors.
Kathleen Lance was the leading hitter for the Scrapperettes with 3. She was followed by Alyssa Harrison, Avery Kesterson, Shayla Wright, Keeley Miller and Mattie Jamison with 2 each, and Hannah White, Kaylea Carver and Anna Kesterson with 1 each.
KeeKee Richardson, Lance, Avery Kesterson, Wright and Maddi Horton had 2 runs each, with 1 a piece from Jazmine Johnson, White and Carver.
Nashville had 10 RBIs, including 2 each from Harrison and Miller, with 1 each from Lance, Avery Kesterson, White, Wright, Jamison and Anna Kesterson.
Anna Kesterson pitched all 6 innings. She faced 29 batters, giving up 3 runs and 8 hits. She struck out 6.
The Scrapperettes jumped ahead of CAC 4-0 in the first inning, then added 4 runs in the second and 5 in the third to take the win.
Nashville had 11 hits against the Lady Mustangs, who managed only 1 hit. Both teams had 2 errors.
Wright led Nashville with 3 runs, followed by Richardson, Lance, Jamison and Horton with 2 each and Avery Kesterson and Carver with 1 each.
White and Jamison each had 4 RBIs, with 2 from Miller and 1 each from Lance and Wright.
White, Miller and Jamison were the leading hitters with 2 each, followed by Harrison, Lance, Avery Kesterson, Brittany Middleton and Carver with 1 each.
Anna Kesterson pitched 5 innings, facing 18 batters and striking out 5.

Scrapperettes 7th, Scrappers 3rd in Coca-Cola Relays

Kassidy Snowden won the high jump and the triple jump April 15 at the Coca-Cola Relays at Scrapper Stadium.
Showden cleared the bar at 5-2 in the high jump. She took the triple jump with a mark of 35-4 1/2.
Other Scrapperette results include the following:
100-m dash – 6. Snowden, 13.22.
200-m dash – 3. Snowden, 26.70.
400-m dash – 5. Snowden, 1:04.68.
Long jump – 3. Snowden, 15-11 1/4.
Discus – 4. Lacie Grace, 102-5; 7. Lydia Gaddis, 85-7.
The Scrapperettes were seventh at the meet with 43 points.
Magnolia won the Scrapper Relays with 89 points. Arkansas High was second, followed by Crossett, Maumelle, Ashdown and Fairview in third through sixth place. After the Scrapperettes, Lakeside, Pine Bluff and Fountain Lake rounded out the top 10.
Scrappers finish 3rd
Arkansas High won the boys division of the Coca-Cola Relays April 15 with 181 points. Magnolia was a distant second with 79, followed by Nashville with 59. Crossett and Ashdown were fourth and fifth, with Pine Bluff, Maumelle, De Queen, Dardanelle and Fairview rounding out the top 10.
Scrapper results include the following:
Triple jump – 8. Trey Hughes, 41-3 1/4.
Shot put – 2. Rashon Lee, 48-06 1/2; 5. Treveeon Walker, 44-04 1/4.
Discus – 4. Lee, 134-10; 5. Muldrow, 124-03.
4 x 800-m relay – 4. Nashville, Eric Perez, Braden Bowman, Matthew Carver and Robbie Morphew, 8:55.66.
1600-m run – 2. Eric Perez, 4:45.03.
4 x 100-m relay – 6. Jamie Newton, Jalen Jones, Lee Scroggins, Jackson Beavert, 44.69.
800-m run – 5. Perez, 2:09.94.
200-m dash – 5. Jalen Jones, 23.29; 8. Beavert, 23.59.
3200-m run – 3. Perez, 10:35.37.
4 x 400-m relay – 3. Nashville, Beavert, Jailon Gamble, Warren May, Jones, 3:40.74.
De Queen
The Scrappers were sixth with 52 points at the Collin Raye Relays April 17 in De Queen.
The host Leopards won the meet with 224.5 points, nearly doubling second place Ashdown’s score of 126. Broken Bow was third with 66.
Scrapper results include the following:
800-m run – 8. Ignacio Perez, 2:22.75.
800-m run – 5. Matthew Carver, 12:12.58; 8. Perez, 12:33.25.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Nashville, R’Qez Hughes, Shavonte Norvell, Lee Scroggins and Trey Hughes, 3:58.23.
4 x 800-m relay – 5. Nashville, Ricardo Baltazar, Perez, Carver, Eduardo Captillo, 9:39.40.
High jump – 4.Trey Hughes, 5-08; 8. Turrell Grundy, 5-04.
Long jump – 4. Grundy, 19-11.
Triple jump – 1. Trey Hughes, 42-08; 2. Grundy, 40-08.
Shot put – 3. Walker, 44-00 1/2.
Discus – 6. Dillon Honea, 109-10.

Murfreesboro City Council dissolves Park Commission

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


Engineer: Remaining light poles at Scrapper Stadium safe

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

Vendor spots still available for Peach Blossom Festival

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

DAR introduces ‘Good Citizen’ guests

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

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

Editors of the Year

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

National Honor Society inducts NHS, NJHS students

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

ADE’s Facilities Division visits Nashville campus

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

Nashville games rescheduled

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

Scrappers whip Springhill, lose to Ashdown

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

Softball Scrapperettes run record 2-0

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

Nashville track team updates

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

Mine Creek Revelations: The Smell of Fish

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

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

Rotary Club makes Easter brighter for shut-ins

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

Scrapper Stadium light pole comes down in high wind

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

Relay for Life kickoff event Saturday in Nashville

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


Mayor: Annexation ‘probably a dead issue’

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

Lawsuit over 2010 Main Street fire dismissed

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

Fundraiser for Pink Ladies

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

Easter Bunny hopping to city park April 19

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

Obituaries (Week of April 7, 2014)

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


Mine Creek Revelations: End of Winter

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

New doctor inks contract with Howard Memorial Hospital

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

New Murfreesboro cheerleaders

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

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


HCCC bass tournament April 12

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


Building owner declines to give damaged structure to city

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

New computers arrive at Nashville schools

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

Mine Creek Revelations: Fun at the Gala

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

Obituaries (Week of March 29)

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

Retirement reception for technology director

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

Dierks woman pleads guilty to sexual assault

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

Nashville district plans for online course

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

NHS senior wraps up term as state FCCLA president

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

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

Nashville Track Results

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

Division I schools still courting Scrapper junior

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

Scrappers defeat Panthers, Outlaws

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

Scrapperettes drop game against Brookland

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

Cross-country bike ride to benefit HMH Foundation

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

Mine Creek Revelations: J Turn Justice

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

Obituaries (Week of March 24)

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

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

Howard County JP charged with DWI following wreck

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

School food services staff responds to talk of outsourcing

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

NJHS testing schedule

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

Nashville band awards

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

Coach reflects on season, makes plan for next year

Coach Damon Williams

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


Scrappers win Prescott meet

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

Nashville 4th in Junior Scrapper Relays

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

All-District honors for Nashville basketball

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

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

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


Scrappers improve to 8-0 with win over Fouke Thursday

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

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

Scrapperettes take 2 of 3 games during Benton tournament

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

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

Mine Creek Revelations: Lottery Winner

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

Obituaries (Week of March 17, 2014)

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