HMH consider new building for physicians

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

District waits on state approval for NHS courtyard project

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

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

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Headbutt Howdy

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

Obituaries (Week of July 28, 2014)

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

Speedway donates to Howard County Relay for Life

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

Paperwork filed in effort to gain return of area teacher

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


Pike County commits to permit for potential sawmill purchase

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


Former MS Hornet to coach diver in Commonwealth Games

Andy Scott and Maria Zarka

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

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

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

Obituaries (Week of July 23, 2014)

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

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

Former Pike County sheriff cleared by investigation

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

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

Attorney General candidate Nate Steel of Nashville.

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


‘Everyone stayed focused’ during mission visit to Guatemala

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

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

‘Nashville Leader’ earns first place in APA general excellence

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


Silver Medal Winners

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

Unique garden opens at Ka-Do-Ha Indian Village

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

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

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Great Adventure

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

Obituaries (Week of July 14)

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

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

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

Master Kraft closing after 53 years in business

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

Horticulture specialist Janet Carson coming to Nashville

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


Howard, Pike school board filings

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

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

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

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

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

Legislature concludes 3-day session

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

Obituaries (Week of July 7)

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

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

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

New district conservationist announced

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

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

Stand Up for America this Friday in Nashville

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

FBC receives recognition

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

On a Mission

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

Nashville council seeks funding to expand shop

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

Area students gain glimpse of medical careers through MASH

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

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

HMH planning for new doctors; additional office building considered

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


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

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

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


Internet stalker among 3 sentenced in Pike County

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

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: We Meet Again

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

Obituaries (Week of June 30)

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

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

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

Texas entertainer set for annual Stand Up for America celebration

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


Alleged shooter charged with first-degree murder

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

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

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


Cross Point Cowboy Church pastor to retire

Mary Ann and Rev. Don Jones

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

Teen killed, two hurt in Howard County wreck

A Howard County teen was killed and two others were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday, June 19 east of Umpire, according to the Arkansas State Police.
Jaime Garcia, 15, of Athens died in the wreck. Khristian L. Ratliff, 14, and Sebastian S. Ratliff, 16, both of Newhope, were injured.
The wreck happened about 9:11 a.m. on Highway 84. Sebastian Ratliff was driving a 1996 Toyota Camry east on Highway 84 when the vehicle veered into the westbound lane. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle left the roadway and struck an embankment.
Garcia was ejected from the vehicle and later died at a Hot Springs hospital. The Ratliffs were also transported to Hot Springs with undisclosed injuries.
ASP Trooper Ernie Echevarria reported weather and road conditions at the time of the accident were clear and dry.

School board election process underway

Persons who wish to run for a seat on a district board of directors must file a political practices pledge, an affidavit of eligibility, and a petition with the names of at least 20 registered voters who are residents of the district or electoral zone for the position.
Most area schools have just one seat open for election, but at Mineral Springs, which is regaining control of the school from the State Board of Education, all seven school district zones must be filled. All former school board members there are eligible for re-election.
At Nashville, Zone 1 comes up for election, and the incumbent is Mark Canaday.
At Dierks, election is ‘at large,’ and the seat which is open is currently held by Barry Stuard.
The seat which represents the former Umpire School District on the Wickes School District board is not open for election again until 2017. The seat is currently held by Jeff Cook.
At Blevins the seat which is open represents the former Emmet School District area. No one has sought election to the seat for about seven years, according to Blevins School Supt. Billy Lee. Mike Parker was appointed to fill the empty position.
Petitions my be circulated no earlier than 100 days before the Sept. 16 annual school election. Petitions must be filed by noon on July 8. Petition forms may be picked up at school district offices and at the county clerk’s office.

NJHS Honor Roll

One hundred ninety-six students made the honor roll at Nashville Junior High School for the fourth nine weeks, according to Principal Deb Tackett.
The list includes 74 students who made all A’s and 122 who made A’s and B’s.
Students who made all A’s include the following:
Ninth grade – Kirby Adcock, Rheanna Catherine Anderson, Justin Taylor Bean, Michael Troy Bevill, John Austin Bowman, Marisol Bustos, Esmeralda Ruby Camacho, Kaylea Brooke Carver, Austin Drake Chambers, Alyssa Nicole Cox, Carrington Gabrielle Dougan, Courtly Britt Dougan, Kelsey Lynn Grace, Asia Nashae Harris, Autumn Lanise Harris, Alyssa Beth Harrison, Alexis Holder, Audra Noelle Hughes, Anna Catherine Kesterson, Ella Mae Lamb, Erica Nicole Linville, McKenzie Kay Morphew, Matthew Robert Nannemann, Daniel Pioquinto, Bridgett Puente, Triston James Rhodes, Kelby Nicole Schoole, Mikayla Diane Sharp, Ashleigh Dawn Smith, Tyundra Nycole Stewart, Grace Elizabeth Talley and Kaitlyn Wakely.
Eighth grade – Jasmin Camacho, Peyton Mackenzie Dodd, Felicity Arion Green, Mackenzie Brooke Guffy, Olivia Frances Herzog, Leslie Leeann Lingo, Alma Clarissa Moreno, Alyssa Claire Rather and Zachary Noah Williams.
Seventh grade – Zachary Roy Backus, Laiken Michelle Baird, Hannah Grace Barfield, Erika Bretado, Grace Carrie Campbell, Katie Lynn Carroll, Scott Edward Clay, Kayla Layne Cooper, Taurean Yardell Coulter Jr., Bailey Elizabeth DeWalt, Robert Morgan Dunham, Hannah Cheyenne Faulkner, Julianne Elizabeth Futrell, Karen Garduza, Mea Tateauna Heard, Katelyn Grace Hipp, Kristopher Scott Horne, Jaydon Hostetler, Jon Elijah Howard, William Barrett Jackson, Brody Garrett King, Isabelle Cathryn Martin, Kaitlyn Rose McConnell, Alexandria Leigh Prescott, Andrew Cole Reeder, Brant Lee Reeder, Savannah Grace Smead, Cendy Sanchez, Adriannea Brooke Tait, Garrett Eley Talley, Jordan Cole White, Charles Braden Williams and Dalton Joseph Wilson.
Students who made A’s and B’s for the grading period include the following:
Ninth grade – Austin Trace Beene, Kennedy Brea Blue, Curtis Wayne Boone, Maricela Kay Bustos, Savanah Brooke Carver, Karter Matthew Castleberry, Nicole Michele Dodson, Bailey Anne Dougan, Taylor Austin Ericksen, Jakeb Ernest, Raegan Danielle Erskine, Jason Blaine Erwin, Abbey Nicole Fatherree, Teresa Markade Gastelum, Donavan Blaze Gorena, Victor Glenn Hartness Jr., Jesus Hernandez, Brittany Nicole Hilliard, Kacey Ann Hinds, Zachary Lane Jamison, Hunter Lee Katzer, Kendall Lea Belle Kirchhoff, Lori Landa, Sadie Elysse Leeper, Kenneth Michael Luper, Emily Kaitlyn McCauley, Jamar Anthony Moore, Gabriel James Moorer, Deonte Deshaun Morris, Asia Ja’nea Munn, Kerri Ann Murphy, Matthew Alden Nunley, Luis Gerado Ortiz, Allison Claire Reeder, Jasmin Marie Scott, Christian Fernanndo Sepulveda, Peyton Rheanne Tarno, W.E. Layne Thompson, Jeff Tyrese Turney Jr., William Hunter White, Abigail Grace Witherspoon and Cieria Dawn Wynn.
Eighth grade – Jessica Yamileth Aguilar, Jasmin Bautista, Jessica Rachaele Bradford, Hunter Burton, Malcom Jamall Campbell, Vanessa Juana Carballo, Isaias Castro, Julieta Rodriguez Chavez, Shunta Jerod Childress Jr., Alexa Dawn Copeland, Bailey Larae Denton, Monique Flores, Darsha Daviyona Grundy, Tyler Joe Hanson, Jhamilex Hernandez, Mackenzie Cheyanne Howard, Braylon Cole Kelley, Dylan Scott King, Gage Lee Kropf, Garrett Garner Lance, Madison McRae Miller, Shayla Nichelle Miller, Alysha Tre’shone Morgan, Caleb Alexander Newton, Lindsey Nicole O’Donnell, Stephanie Piza, Laisa Jacqueline Ramirez, Jose Rigoberto Resendez Jr., Alyssa Ryan, Audrie Sheree Scott, Jayla Beth Spoo, Rykia Savon Lee Swift, Haylee Michaela Tribble, Joshua Kyler Whitlow, Aaron Christopher Willard, Yeng Cho and Emily Eve Young.
Seventh grade – Michael Daniel Almond, Brooklyn Michelle Anderson, Steyanna Michelle Bailey, Candice Cheyenne Banks, Pricila Beavers, Liz-Anel Bello, Kalonji Bayette Benson II, Bryanna Rhae Billingsley, Kristin Rayne Boone, Miguel Angel Bustos, Kalob Franklin Carpenter, Makenna Denise Chafin, Karina Grace Cogburn, Marlen Cuellar, Zachary Casen Drummond, Jamarta Dontrell Gilliam, Peyton Charles Haddan, Katilynn Grace Hanney, Miguel Dukes Hernandez, Raynaldo Hernandez Jr., D’ante Tremaine Jefferson, Alaza Sandrea Johnson, Luke Aaron Limon, Samuel “Trey” E. Maroon, Darren Thomas May, Taneya Sha’kiel Mays, William Curtis McAlister, Glenn Wilson McCurdy IV, Zachary Thomas McWhorter, Jacob Wilton Moorer, Arlene Padilla, Keysiya Darshae Nicole Palmer, Bladen Scott Parker, Colton Dale Patterson, Alisha Mariah Perez, Jalyn Laurel Pinson, Alyssa Mariah Powell, Carlos Daniel Torres Rocha, April Rachelle Ruffaner, Joey Charles Scroggins III, Macy Gail Smith, Rachael Leigh Vallee and Kristen Elisabeth Westfall.

NHS Honor Roll

One hundred fifty-seven students were named to the honor roll at Nashville High School for the fourth nine weeks, according to Principal Tate Gordon.
The list includes 62 who made all A’s and 95 students who made A’s and B’s.
Students who made all A’s for the nine weeks include the following:
Seniors – Jeffrey Cameron Alexander, Braden Clark Bowman, Carrie Nichole Bradford, Clarissa Michelle Brizo, Xavier Ryan Claiborne, Jana Lynn Copeland, Luke Thomas Dawson, Kelly Danielle Fatherree, Sasha Mahlik Ford, Jarrah Michelle Furr, Chantel Marie Gilliam, Kynnedi Lynn Gordon, Abigail Elizabeth Herzog, Emily Catherine Herzog, Blake Ryan Hockaday, Sydney Alexandra Hughes, Lauren Jean Ince, Kathleen Grace Jones, Avery Christine Kesterson, Alexander Sui Kwok, Kathleen Grace Lance, Brittany Alexander Middleton, Isaiah Mark Motta, Iesha Sharel Neal, John Van Nguyen, Dalton Storm Nichols, Eric Dale Perez, David Alex Perrin, Joshua Allen Rauch, Zachary Tyler Tollett, Katelyn Rae Wall, Kayla Alyse Wilson and Mashayla Danielle Wright.
Juniors – Colleen Nicole Banks, Jackson Charles Beavert, Brooke Ellen Bowden, Brady Andrew Bowden, Rachel Nicole Dawson, Samuel Evan Dean, Sydney Michelle Dean, Jessica Leann Hipp, Chase Zeland Morgan, Nicholas Tyler Myers, Braden Lane Nutt, Miguel Alonso Padilla, Katie Elizabeth Paul, Karie Junique Porter, Timya Marnette Sanders, Lindsey Nicole Smith, Taylor Dawn Spigner, Kailee Sarah Stinnett and Bailey Mechelle Walls.
Sophomores – Brittany Paige Backus, Rachel Brooke Bradshaw, Jordan Andrew Conant, Alexandria Lynn Davis, Patrick Evan Lamb, Haley Jo McMurphey, Sadie Raee Prejean, Victoria Lynn Russell, Elise Lily Vander Slikke and Alexus Marie White.
Students who made A’s and B’s include the following:
Seniors – Ricardo Demartez Baltazar, Bradley Michael Bevill, William Carl-Ramsey Butcher, Katherine Aracely Carballo, Lindsey Taylor Colston, Joyce Judit Flores, Jennifer Rosalynn Gamble, Andrew Graves, John David Griffin, Sara Nicole Hosey, Jayla Rose Jacques, Breona Lachae Jefferson, Cason Thomas Johnson, Kyler Scott Lawrence, Haley Marie Lingo, Jakeb Ross Lockeby, Steven Pineda, Weslie Paul Reich, Jamecia Donte Robinson, Kersty Breeann Ross, Logan Daniel Sanders, Taylor Duane Teague, Sergio Ivan Torres and Asher Jacob Walker.
Juniors – Hailey Jae Allmon, Shuntay Lanae Ballard, Kaitlyn Ariana Burley, Ahyana Heavenly Burns, Jazzmyn Nacole Carver, Anna Hope Couch, Tina Ruth Daugherty, Trace Edward Hamilton, William Cade Hardin, Dernia Delois Hendrix, Chasity Chantal Holmes, Braden James Hood, Matilyn Jewell Jamison, Danielle Vida Jessie, Jazmine Shykeil Johnson, Austin Joel Katzer, Adley Hutton Kirchhoff, Victoria Nicole Lansdell, Lucas Laine Liggin, Brooklyn Dale Maynard, Daysha Marshay Mays, Kolten Kelly McCracken, Alayna Brooke Morphew, Johnathon Robert Morphew, Jaquasha Renee Ogden, Joshua Dale Reeves, Brady Andrew Scott, Fredrick Nathaniel Stinson, Colton Kane Tipton, Jonathan Thomas Van Kirk, Alexis Bianea Wells, Courtney Elaine Whitson, Latrice A’shunti Wiley and Margaret Ann Worthington.
Sophomores – Ali Nicole Barfield, Dreshauna Lynn Benson, Sarah Hayden Butler, Eduardo Capetillo, Allyson Rae Chesshir, Alexis Malonie Claiborne, Caleb Brenen Clark, Dante Lewis Conway, Paulett Flores, Morgan Elizabeth Garcia, Ryan Scott Henderson, Kelsey Nicole Hockaday, Klaire Elizabeth Howard, Jessica Lizet Luna, Marlei Brianna Malchak, Jennifer Rosi Martinez, Michael Dewayne Mills, Ashton Montel Nelson, Ethan Kyle Nolen, Sergio Martinez Pacheco, Kaycee Rose Patrick, Madkson Lane Pope, Peyton Arron Rather, John Reeder Raulerson, Amanda Marie Reed, Lucas Craig Reeder, Timmy Ray Roberts, Shelby Leigh Roquet, Evan Taylor Sanders, Shelby Alexandra Scott, Lee Autrey Scroggins Jr., Ty Garrett Slider, Makenzlie Rose Taylor, Joel Lamont Thurman, McKayla Brooke Vines, R-Taevin Samone Walker and Cha Zong Yang.

New coach arrives at NJHS – ‘The sky’s the limit’

Laura Kidd

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
After 19 years of coaching at her alma mater, Spring Hill High School, Laura Kidd has made the move to Nashville, where she is head coach of the junior Scrapperettes and assistant coach of the senior Scrapperettes. She succeeds Coach Buster Bonner, who retired in May.
Kidd has already taken her junior girls to team camp at Ouachita Baptist University, and she opens the gym twice a week.
Later in the summer, her team will participate in team camps in Kirby and Nashville, and she will go with the senior Scrapperettes to camp at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Her outlook on the program so far? “The sky’s the limit,” Kidd said last week. “Coach Bonner and Coach [Ron] Alexander are great coaches. I get to work with Coach Alexander. This is a great job here. I want my girls to get better in every practice and every game.”
Kidd graduated from Spring Hill and attended Southern Arkansas University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After college, she returned to Spring Hill where she coached grades 7-12 girls basketball and track. She also taught health and p.e.
Kidd said her high school coach “made me decide to coach. I learned the love of the game and knew from there that coaching is what I wanted to do.”
Kidd’s husband Matt was her high school sweetheart. They have two children – Boone, 19, a student at SAU; and Lilly, 15, who will be a sophomore at NHS. Lilly played for the senior Scrapperettes at the OBU camp.
The Lady Bears of Spring Hill went 35-0 and won the state Class 2A basketball championship last season. The junior girls were 14-1, earning the conference co-championship and the district championship.
“We were building at Spring Hill. I was blessed. I had good kids with a good work ethic,” Kidd said.
When Bonner announced his retirement, Kidd saw an “opportunity” here. “Nashville is known for sports. There’s community support, administration support. This is a new challenge. I didn’t want to get complacent.”
As she gets to know her team, Kidd said the girls are “a lot of fun. They have a lot of energy, and they’re eager to learn. The soak it all in like a sponge. They’re processing things while I’m talking.”
The junior Scrapperettes were 6-4 at OBU. “They were excited,” she said of their performance at the camp. “Their athleticism is exciting. These kids are very athletic. They have the potential to really excel.”
Kidd said scoring is “something we need to focus on. We need to finish shots.”
Defense is also important, she said. “Defense is my favorite aspect of the game. It leads to great offense.”
As the new school year approaches, Kidd said she is “excited to meet everybody.” She will help and have input with the high school team and work with Alexander. “It’s difficult for me to sit at a game,” she said. “Coach Alexander and I will bring out the best in each other.”
For Kidd, “Church, family and basketball” are important parts of her life. “I stay busy,” she said.
She wants her girls to show “hard work and a good attitude.”
Kidd plans to “support all the sports in Nashville. I want the senior girls to be big sisters for my girls. We’re all here for the kids, not an individual team.”

Howard County Circuit Court

When the list for possible jury trials comes out for July, at the top of the list will be the name of Ricky Gower, 61, white male, Newhope.
Gower is ‘first out’ if no pretrial plea agreement is reached because his is the oldest pending criminal case, according to Circuit Clerk Bobbie Jo Green. Gower is charged with class B felony possession of methamphetamine. He will be represented by public defender Greg Vardaman. Pretrial motions will be heard July 2, with jurors to be called July 22. Gower appeared before Judge Charles Yeargan here Wednesday, in a busy day for criminal court proceedings.
Eight defendants pleaded not guilty and were given trial dates.
Two defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced.
Christopher Kerns, 21, white male, 102 Martin Road, pleaded guilty to a class C felony charge of accomplice to commercial burglary, and class D felony accomplice to theft of property. He was sentenced to six years of probation, 180 days in a regional punishment facility, a $1,500 fine and restitution, if any.
A guilty plea was also given by Brandon Eatman, 35, white male, Prescott, who was charged with class D felony possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 14 months in the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC), plus associated court costs. He was represented by the public defender.
A failure to appear warrant was issued for Lyndell Lofton, 31, black male, Nashville, who missed his courtroom appearance date for a class C felony charge of non-support. The charge was filed in July of 2007. When apprehended, Lofton cannot be released on bail.
Five cases were continued and one probation revocation charge was dismissed on a motion by the state.
Not guilty pleas
Nathaniel Rowland, 33, white male, 600 Blue Bayou Road, Nashville, is charged with a pair of class D felonies: Possession of a controlled substance Schedule II, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Pretrial motions will be heard Sept. 24.
Kara L. Askew, 30, white female, Springhill, La., pleaded not guilty but her counsel was not present due to a mixup. Her case was continued to June 25. She is charged with possession of methamphetamines, a class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a class D felony, and possession of marijuana, a class A misdemeanor.
Charged at the same time, and also giving a not guilty plea, was her companion at the time of their arrest, Billy J. Randall, 51, white male, Springhill, La. His charges were the same as Askew’s, and he was told to report back June 25. Pretrial motions will be heard July 2.
Adam, Ray, 19, white male, Sunset St., Nashville, is charged with possession of controlled substance Schedule VI with purpose of delivery, a class D felony. Pretrial motions will be heard Sept. 24.
A not guilty plea was also given by Anthony L. Thomas, Jr., 20, black male, 400 E. 14th St., Hope, who is charged with class C felony theft by receiving. Because he was late for court, the judge ordered Thomas to remain in jail until bedtime that night — 10 p.m. Pretrial motions will be heard Sept. 3.
A not guilty plea was given by Courtney Thomas, 23, black male, 404 Browning, Mineral Springs, who is charged with a class D felony, being a felon in possession of a firearm. Pretrial motions will be heard July 30.
One defendant who was out on probation after a previous felony conviction, now faces a probation revocation hearing on that charge and a new criminal charge. Dominique Brumfield, 19, black male, 3106 Hwy. 26W., Nashville, will be present for pretrial motions on July 2. He is charged with commercial burglary, class C felony, and theft of property, class A misdemeanor. He was on probation for a previous conviction for breaking into the Center Point Store and stealing items.
A not guilty plea was given by Melissa Kinnu, 40, white female, Blevins, charged with possession of controlled substance, Sub VI, class A misdemeanor; Possession of controlled substance, Sched IV, class A misdemeanor; Possession of methamphetamine with purpose, class C felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, class D felony.  Her bond was set at $15,000.
Latre Richard, 34, black male, 216 Graves Chapel Road, Lockesburg, pleaded not guilty to a pair of class D felonies: Possession of methamphetamines and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $100,000 and Sept. 24 was set for pretrial motions.

Obituaries (Week of June 23)

Burl R. Stueart
Burl R. Stueart, 75, of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014 from complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was born Feb. 14, 1939 in Hot Springs, Ark.
For 32 years, he was owner and operator of Stueart Grocery Company doing business as Piggly Wiggly. For the last 15 years, he was employed by Tyson Foods. He was an active member of Ridgeway Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Tessie Stueart, and his sisters Bobbie, Billie, and Barbara.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Chambers Stueart; one son, Jason Stueart of Little Rock, Ark.; and five daughters and one son-in-law, Laurie Stueart and Kelly Ball of Little Rock, Ark.; Rena Pakis of Arctic Village, Alaska; Wendy Burrus and husband, Michael Burrus of Farmington, Ark.; and Katie Stueart of Fayetteville, Ark.; and seven grandchildren, Paul and Nicholas Pakis; Wesley and Mary Clare Ball; and Colleen, Corrine, and Caroline Burrus.
Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. on Sunday June 22, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. Burial followed at Restland Cemetery in Nashville.
Memorial donations can be made to Ridgeway Baptist Church at P.O. Box 151, Nashville, AR 71852; or to the Cancer Victims Gas Project c/o Nashville Leader at 119 N. Main, Nashville, AR 71852.
You may send an online sympathy message at 
Melissa Ann Meisenbacher
A gathering celebrating the life of Melissa Ann Meisenbacher was held Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Agape Baptist Church, 25353 Walker South Rd., Denham Springs, La.
Melissa was born on July 14, 1963 in Pine Bluff, Ark., and departed from this life on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at the age of 50 years.
She was a resident of Baton Rouge; she spent her career working for Wal-Mart. She enjoyed cooking and had a passion for conversations with laughter, time spent with her family and friends. She had a tender heart full of compassion and will be remembered as a loving daughter and sister.
She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, George and Nina Cavanah and her father, Bill Dawson.
Survivors include: her mother and stepfather, Jean Cavanah Rojas and husband, Fred; two brothers, Billy and wife, Karen of Nashville, Ark., and Charlie and wife, Kelli of Baton Rouge, La.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations preferred to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 Nashville, Tenn. 38148.
Wilma Hughes
Wilma Hughes, 90, of Nashville died Saturday, June 21, 2014.
She was born July 14, 1923 near Amarillo, Texas. She was a member of the Holiness faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Hughes.
Survivors include: a son, Junior Hughes of Nashville; three daughters, Carolyn Howard of Paducah, Ky., Connie Hughes of Lexington, Ky., and Verna Hughes Hockaday of Nashville, Ark.; a sister, Nell Scott of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild.
A private graveside service was held Monday, June 23, 2014 at Greens Chapel Cemetery near Dierks under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Cynthia Jo
‘Cindy’ DeWitt
Cynthia Jo “Cindy” DeWitt, 50, of Hot Springs passed away June 22, 2014. She was born May 17, 1964 in Nashville, Ark., to Reuben and JoJo Reed.
Cindy was a beautiful, friendly and vibrant woman. She was a devoted wife and mother who made everyone feel important. Cindy was Director of Sales for the Hot Springs Convention Bureau. She was detail oriented and wanted things to “be done right.” She loved her job and was proud to call Hot Springs home. Cindy was a member of First United Methodist Church, P.E.O. and was a certified meeting planner.
She is predeceased by grandparents, W.A. and Frances Reed and Wier Owens and Pearl Owens Pickett; and uncles, Alfred Reed and Terry Wier Owens.
Cindy is survived by her loving husband, Larry Keith DeWitt of Hot Springs; daughter, Madison Rae DeWitt of Hot Springs; stepdaughter, Kameron DeWitt of Fort Smith; step-granddaughter, Gianna Grayce DeWitt of Fort Smith; parents, Reuben and JoJo Reed of Nashville; stepsister, Dr. Keitha DeWitt Holland and husband, Wes of Conway and their children, Meg and Max; uncles, Troy Reed and wife, Betty of Wheaton, Illinois and Thomas Reed and wife, Lucille of Cincinnati, Ohio; brother-in-law, Gary DeWitt and wife, Stacey of Dunwoody, Georgia and their children, Chandler and Keith; step mother-in-law, Mary Ann DeWitt of Charleston, Arkansas; several cousins; and many friends and business associates in Arkansas and surrounding states.
Funeral services were at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist with Rev. David Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Sardis Cemetery near Nashville.
Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Monday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Relay For Life, Hot Springs Chapter.
Guests may register at
Pamela Harris
Pamela Scoggins Harris, 44 of Nashville, died Saturday, June 21, 2014.
She was born August 23, 1969 in Nashville.
 There will be a wake for her, Friday, June 27, 2014 at Nashville Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m.
The funeral will be Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Williams Memorial Church of God in Christ in Nashville.
Arrangements are by Nashville Funeral Home.
Send the family an online sympathy message at

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Fence Fisheees

PUBLIC SERVANTS. Gathering information for this week’s article on school board elections, I needed some information for school districts which are mostly in two other counties — our friends at Umpire, now a part of the Wickes School District, and our friends at Blevins, which now includes a part of the former Emmet School District.
Although the school districts themselves are primarily responsible for school elections, the county clerk’s offices are great sources of election information. I usually go there first because they are most accustomed to getting election questions from pesky newspaper guys.
Here in Nashville, our clerk, Brenda Washburn and her folks were most helpful. They looked up all the info I needed to write about school district elections in Nashville, Mineral Springs and Dierks.
Up in Polk County, where the clerk is Terri Harrison, her staff looked up and shared with me everything I needed to know about the election as it concerns the former Umpire School District.
I called Hempstead County. The clerk there is Sandra Rodgers, a former state representative. I got one of her employees on the line, but she couldn’t be troubled to give me any information about the Blevins School District. She was helpful, though, by suggesting that I call the Blevins School Administration office for the information. Supt. Billy Lee and his folks were most helpful. Supt. Lee, in fact, took pains to explain how to fill a seat when no one runs for it.
The assistant clerk in Hempstead County is probably on break, now, or I’d call her up and suggest what she should do.
I officially invite her to come to Nashville and make a J-Turn in front of the Leader office. I’ll be the plump old guy out front shooting at her car (if my concealed permit comes in soon, and if the mayor ever gets around to deputizing me).
Last year I gave a Alabambamama artiste waaay too much money for something ‘cute’ to hang on the fence around my pool. It was a fish, possibly a bararararacudddda fish, painted REAL rustic in non-fish colors.
But, touristas are real easy to separate from their money when they’re in exotic locations like Gulf Shores.
I really liked the idea. The fish hung on my fence until the first freeze, then it went inside a storage room. On the first suitable patio night of the spring I brought it out, hung it and proclaimed that winter was over.
I kept looking at that fish and finally began telling myself that I could do better.
I talked with several folks about acquiring the roofing tin, or cutting the design. I knew I could figger out a way to properly hang the fish on my fence.
Then, one day as I was picking up a fine BBQ lunch, Trish Lingo told me that her hubby, Eldon, might be willing to cut me a fish. Eldon, you see, dabbles in making gaily-painted flowers and other folk art stuff from sheets of roofing tin.
Eldon and I talked. And history was made. First, I had to pick out a fish design. I found one, but it was only about 2-inches square. I took it to Nashville Primary School art instructor Mike Eudy who drew it ‘up’ to scale — about 24 inches tall by 28 inches long.
Eldon not only cut me six fishes out of roofing tin, he also put on some hangers and punched a hole where the fish eye would be. He gave me bolts and washers for the fish eyes. I got some paint and went crazy. The result will probably set the art world back 30-40 years.
I washed both sides of the fish, even scrubbing the facing side with some clorox cleanser. I sprayed each fish with primer, then turned my imagination loose with orange, yellow, olive, light blue and dark green spray paint.
Any day now I expect to read that I’ve been awarded the Nobel Art Prize. Is there such a thing? If so, my fence fish surely deserve some recognition.
Come to think of it, reckon there is a Fence Fish category at the county fair? If there’s not one here at the Howard County Fair I could always take my art to Hope. I’ve got lots of influence in Hempstead County.
MAKING SENSE. Let me repeat my suggestion about your vote in the November General Election. If you see a candidate’s print or television ad, and he or she appears to be running against President Obama , radio host Rush Limbaugh or U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, consider giving your support to that candidate’s opponent. I like it when a candidate runs on his or her own merits, not capitalizes upon hatred of an officeholder from another state. In virtually every case, a candidate can do nothing to prevent anything or undo anything that Pelosi or Obama or Limbaugh or Glenn Beck can do or have allegedly done. The candidate and his/her ad agency doesn’t think much of your intelligence.
WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last that long.
HE SAID: “It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” Honore de Balzac, novelist
SHE SAID: “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.” Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady

Girls State unforgettable for Nashville High School delegates

DRESSED UP. NHS delegates and two counselors from Nashville are set for Girls State inauguration. They include counselor Kathleen Lance, Rachel Dawson, counselor Jana Copeland, Jazmine Johnson, Taylor Spigner, Brooke Bowden and Kailee Stinnett.

By Jana Copeland
Leader staff
“Girls State was one of the best experiences in my life,” Jazmine Johnson said.
Five girls from Nashville High School were honored as the delegates from NHS to attend Girls State at Harding University’s campus May 25-30. These five girls were Brooke Bowden, Rachel Dawson, Jazmine Johnson, Taylor Spigner and Kailee Stinnett.
While there, they got to learn about city, county and state government, while making new friends.
Dawson said, “It was a great experience meeting other girls who are as eager to learn as I am. It surprised me that there are actually other girls in Arkansas just like me.”
Stinnett said that her overall experience was great and that she loved learning about voting, government and citizenship.
“I met so many new people, learned a lot about government, and had such a fun time in my city,” said Bowden.
All five of the girls agreed that stepping out of their comfort zones was a huge part of this experience.
Spigner said, “I learned to get to know others and how to work with people you don’t know and not to judge a book by its cover. I also learned to let people really get to know me and my personality. I learned about city, county, and state offices as well.”
Stinnett learned how important the people you elect to city and state positions are. “They have to do so much arguing and thinking on your behalf, so electing the people you think will be the best at that is key.”
Bowden learned from this experience that challenging yourself is the key to your success. She also learned more about the positions held by city, county, and state officials.
Johnson said it helped her find out that there are other people out there like her who want to make a difference.
“I learned that you can never judge someone upon their looks and appearances. So many of the girls I met were unlike any people I have met before. This has definitely encouraged me to get to know more people since I have come back home,” Dawson said.
“I felt that the experience was very beneficial because I will be able to vote next year and I now know a lot more about the voting process and how important it is to vote,” Bowden said.
Spigner and Stinnett felt it was beneficial for them because they both got a look into what our officials and government do.
It encouraged Johnson to try her best in anything that she does, step out of her comfort zone, and meet new people.
Dawson said that her experience at Girls State was very beneficial for her. “Not only because of the great information I learned, but because I got to meet girls that were so inspirational. This benefited my outlook of the people around me in such a positive way.”
Each of the girls had her own special favorite memory of Girls State. Stinnett and Bowden both said theirs were Rally Night.
Rally Night was on Tuesday night. It’s where the Nationalists all sit on the left side of the Benson Auditorium and the Federalists all sit on the right side. Everyone dresses up in her color, either blue or red, and does chants. Then, the girls running for the state offices give their speeches to everyone.
“I loved cheering for the girls we had chosen to hopefully be elected to office,” Stinnett said.
Bowden said it was so fun to cheer on the nominees of her party.
“My favorite memory would have to be bonding with my city and other Girls State Girls, along with all of the songs and dances that we learned throughout the week,” Johnson said.
Spigner said her favorite memory from Girls State was singing all of the songs like “The Girls State Song,” “Friends We Are” and the “Dum Dum Da Da Song.” She also said that she loves all of the friendships she made.
Dawson’s favorite memory from Girls State was definitely her friends, whom she still talks to daily and has some very funny memories that she will cherish forever.
Everyone at Girls State had the opportunity to run for city, county, and state offices if they chose to do so. Bowden held the position of attorney in her city and tax collector in her county. She also was one of the four delegates in her city elected to attend the State Convention.
Dawson had the privilege of being the Senate Chaplain. “My duty was to pray at the beginning of the Senate meeting. It was a great honor that I could profess the name of Jesus Christ in front of so many girls. It was a true blessing and great testimony for Christ.”
Johnson was a City Alderman and Stinnett was the city clerk for her city. “I voted in every election and I really enjoyed it.”
Spigner had the privilege of being the Chancery Judge for her county, Bradshaw County, for the week.
Stinnett said that she had a good time in her city, Massanelli and hopes that she can go back next year to be a counselor.
“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to attend Girls State. I really enjoyed getting to meet girls who are leaders in their school and make memories with them. I will never forget my experience at Girls State,” Bowden said.

Howard County’s Farm Family of the Year

HOWARD COUNTY’S FARM FAMILY OF THE YEAR. Mark Kitchens and his family, who operate a 732-acre farm north of Dierks, have been named the 2014 Howard County Farm Family of the Year. The family includes Mark, Alison, Kaitlin and Karen Kitchens.

By John Robert Schirmer
Leader staff
Both were raised on farms. They each graduated from Southern Arkansas University. Their teenage daughters are actively involved in the family farm north of Dierks.
Mark Kitchens, his wife Karen and daughters Alison and Kaitlin are the 2014 Howard County Farm Family of the Year.
Karen grew up on a cattle farm, Mark on a broiler, cattle and timber farm. After graduating from SAU, Mark went to work for Con Agra for nine years as a service tech and a breeder manager.
Their first year of farming, Mark and Karen had 80 acres. His parents gave him 20 head of cattle. The couple built their first two hen houses in 1995.
Today, the family operates a 732-acre farm on Old Liberty Road north of Dierks. The farm includes 146 acres which are rented and 386 which the family owns. Ninety acres are devoted to hay production, with a yield of 4.5 tons per acre.
The farming operation includes 110 head of beef cattle, two hatching egg production farms for Tyson Foods of Nashville, producing 678,000 dozen eggs per year, and 284 acres of timberland.
Hatching eggs are picked up twice weekly by Tyson, and the Kitchens family is paid per dozen hatching eggs produced.
Calves are weaned and, depending on forage conditions, are back grounded on the farm for 60 days or sent directly to one of the local sale barns.
The Kitchens family does custom hay baling for a couple of neighbors. They also clean out poultry houses for one of Mark’s brothers and bale hay for him. “This helps pay insurance and pays my daughters for their labor,” Mark said.
Kaitlin, 16, and Alison, 14, both help on thefarms with chickens and cattle. Kaitlin is a member of the Dierks FFA, which she serves as treasurer. Alison is president of the Dierks Show-N-Shine 4-H club. Both are members of the Arkansas Junior Cattlemen’s association. They are also active members of the youth group at Mountain View Baptist Church, where they participate in community service, mission trips and are Vacation Bible School teachers each year.
Mark said he would like to get all of the pastures cross fenced for better grazing rotation. The project is 75 percent completed, he said.
He also wants to update all four of the breeder hen houses to Tyson premium house specifications, a project which is about 25 percent completed.
The family has had problems furnishing water for the poultry houses. “Fortunately, a group of local people started working toward getting rural water in the area. We became involved with the rural water association. Karen and I both work closely with the association,” Mark said. “We hauled 100,000 gallons of water each summer before the rural water was connected.”
Mark plans to go to a controlled breeding season this year. He would like to double cattle numbers and have a fall breeding herd and a spring breeding herd to better utilize the bulls. He also wants to aerate all meadows and pastures on a semi-annual basis to improve forage and hay production.
The family has worked on protecting the environment and conservation of soil, water and energy. They built a litter stacking shed 10 years ago to store poultry litter in order to apply it at the correct times of the year. They are building a second stacking shed on the farm which was purchased two years ago. Litter is applied according to the nutrient management plan designed by the Mine Creek Conservation District. Herbicides are applied to control undesirable weeds, Mark said.
The Kitchens family is involved in a number of community activities. Mark was in the Umpire Fire Department from 1996-2011, North Howard Community Council 1996-2011 and served as secretary and president, Burg Cemetery Board 2000-2014, North Howard Rural Water Association with 16 years as president, Howard Memorial Hospital board 2010-2014 with Mark serving as board treasurer, and youth leader at Mountain View Baptist Church.
Karen has served on the Burg Cemetery Board from 2014 until the present, and has been a member of the Dierks School Board since 2002. She is the board secretary. Karen is also a youth leader at Mountain View Baptist Church.

Continuance granted in case against local man charged with cruelty to animals

A Nashville man who admitted in a police statement to shooting two dogs that were allegedly attacking a neighbor’s cow last month had a “not guilty” plea entered for him Thursday in Howard County District Court.
Michael J. Graves, 56, who resides on Corinth Road, is charged with one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals in connection to an incident that happened on May 17. The plea was called in by Graves’ brother and attorney, Danny Graves of Nashville, according to docket information.
Michael Graves is accused of shooting one dog in neighbor Kimberly Slayton’s yard on Staggs Drive. Slayton’s 17-year-old daughter, Bailey Walls, was reportedly outside near her vehicle when the shooting occurred. Walls told officials she had heard a gunshot close to the house and then saw Graves parked nearby pointing a pistol toward her dog that “was in my yard between our house and (the) neighbors.”
When Walls yelled at Graves to stop shooting, he allegedly exited the vehicle and yelled “your dog was chasing my cows.” The dog was apparently wounded and ran into the woods in the backyard. The Slayton’s dog survived but the other dog allegedly shot by Graves ran off and died. The dog belonged to the James Conant family, also living nearby.
Graves told a Howard County deputy 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 said he 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 in the field.
Graves admitted that he shot both dogs in the Christie’s field but the German Shepherd ran off toward the Slayton’s home. Graves said he 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 Slayton’s yard,” Deputy Joey Davis wrote in a report.
The case against Graves has been continued until July 24. He faces a fine of up to $440 if found guilty.


Pike County wreck fatal to Hot Springs man

A Hot Springs man was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday, June 12 near Salem in Pike County, according to a report by the Arkansas State Police.
Stanley L. Chandler, 55, died in the accident around 4:15 p.m. on Highway 70. Injured in the crash was Cherryl A. Grant, 70, of Amity.
Grant was driving a 2006 Jeep westbound on Highway 70 when she crossed the centerline and collided with a 2014 Dodge Charger driven by Chandler, who was later pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Coroner Sonny Simmons. Grant was transported by ambulance to a Hot Springs hospital.
ASP Trooper Benjamin W. Harrison reported that the weather and road conditions were clear and dry.

Mineral Springs Market Day set June 21

Mineral Springs Market Day will be held Saturday, June 21, in downtown Mineral Springs.
Booth spaces are available for rent. They include resale and garage sale items, craft items, farm produce and products, and more.
To reserve a space, go by the Mineral Springs Water Department. The cost is $15-25 per space. The spaces are located on Main Street and will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Other activities include specials and sales offered by area businesses, children’s activities and games, and drawings throughout the day.

Jail administrator provides glimpse of multi-faceted job

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
The administrator of the Howard County Jail tells her staff how to treat the inmates.
Jailers and dispatchers should be friendly and show respect, but “Don’t be their friend.”
Jana Tallant, who has been the jail administrator since 2006, told Nashville Rotarians that she was the longest-serving in that position since it opened in 1993.
She explained that by showing respect to the inmate, the inmate would generally show respect back to the jailer.
A big part of her job is training the persons who serve as radio dispatchers and jailers at the facility. She says that all are ‘cross-trained’ to serve in either capacity. The dispatching duty includes being the ‘point’ for 9-1-1 calls, in addition to fielding calls for officers in Dierks, Nashville, Mineral Springs and all over the county.
She also schedules transportation of inmates to the Arkansas Department of Correction, to out-of-county trials, to medical appointments, and for community service work.
Tallant began working as a dispatcher in 1997 and worked her way to the top spot. Her husband, Todd, is a county deputy and member of the police ‘SWAT’ team. He accompanied her to Wednesday’s meeting of the Rotary Club.
“We’ve not lost a lawsuit, yet,” she said, semi-humorously, in reference to some inmates’ tendency to sue the sheriff, deputies and jail officials.
She described some of her sizeable continuing education and professional training, and said there was a considerable effort made in keeping up with laws.
Although the Howard County incarceration facility is now one of the oldest in southwest Arkansas, she said that visiting inspectors compliment the jail for its orderliness and maintenance.
The Howard County Jail has 41 beds. Often, the inmate population includes men and women waiting for an open spot in a state prison, but the jail also holds persons who are waiting on felony trial dates. Some of the population includes “309s” who are ADC inmates near the ends of their sentences and who are adjudged to be cooperative. They are returned to local jails where they perform duties in the jail, in the courthouse and other places. Tallant noted that 309s keep the county fairgrounds clean. The ‘309’ refers to the Arkansas act which created the inmate status.
Jail inmates get an hour of exercise daily, are served a menu supervised by a licensed dietician, and receive medications as determined by physicians. Inmates also have the option of attending a weekly religious service, or meeting with a minister.
She supervises 11 jailers/dispatchers, and the jail has one kitchen employee.
Via video screens, jailers are able to observe the inmate population at practically all times. Inmates are segregated to keep convicted inmates separate from those who are awaiting trial.
Jailers also conduct surprise and regular inspections of cells and inmates.
One service the public needs to use more is “Smart 9-1-1.” A citizen can go online and fill out a profile, so that needed information is available to police, medical and fire personnel responding to an emergency.
She told one story of a mother who called 9-1-1 because her child had cut his head severely. She forgot to tell the dispatcher that the child was ‘fatally allergic’ to latex. The radio dispatcher caught that information on the Smart 9-1-1 profile and alerted the ambulance crew which was enroute. The EMTs switched to another kind of glove which was carried in the ambulance.
Tallant said that the frantic, distracted mother had forgotten to include the vital allergy information.
The Smart 9-1-1 profile information follows the person no matter where they are, she said. “It has saved some lives.”
To sign up for the service go to, she said.
A guest at Wednesday’s meeting was Jessica Bennett of Genoa, who will be the new manager of Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health. The current manager, Rotarian Telia Dunn, is transferring to an office in another town. Dunn told ‘The Leader’ that she would continue to live in Nashville.

ACT school offers college exam review

ACT SCHOOL COMPLETED AT NHS. More than three dozen students participated in ACT school June 2-13 at Nashville High School. The two-week ACT session was designed to prepare students for the college entrance exam.

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
ACT school at Nashville High School is a two-week review of English, math, reading and science, as well as test-taking strategies. The review is designed to improve test taking skills and increase knowledge that the ACT requires.
ACT school offers classes in the four main areas. English, which is taught by Holly Couch; math, taught by Aleshia Erwin; reading, taught by Fran Strawn; and science, taught by Scott Horne. Students rotate between each teacher.
During the two-week period, students also take four complete practice ACT exams, which are scored by the teacher’s and then reviewed with the students in the classroom.
NHS has put on the ACT School program for more than 20 years.
However, the two-week process has only been in effect for the last 10 years. Couch says, “We have had great success with this two-week program because it takes place immediately before the June ACT exam. All of the review is fresh on the students’ minds, and they are well prepared to have their best score.”
The ACT school program is offered to any NHS student who has already taken the ACT at least once. Also, students must pay for their materials as well as take the June ACT. Most of the time juniors and seniors are the ones who participate and get the first slots.
Couch has been in charge of the program now for the last eight years. According to her, the program presents great benefits to students. “ACT School is beneficial for any student who wants to improve in some or all areas of the ACT. Some students are trying to get a high enough score for unconditional admission to a college or to avoid having to take remedial courses. Other students are trying to qualify for scholarships. With college costs rising every year, students and their parents are concerned with raising ACT scores.”

Nashville School Board report

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School Board considered a number of items Monday night as the district prepares for the 2014-15 academic year.
Board members approved two insurance policies. The board accepted a bid of $63,540.61 from the Arkansas School Boards Association’s Risk Management Program for insurance on the district’s buildings for the coming year. Board members accepted two-year option with the Dwight Jones Agency for student insurance at a cost of $38,743.99 per year.
The board discussed Personnel Policy Committee polices, which are based on model policies from ASBA.
There were not many changes from policies in effect during 2013-14, Superintendent Doug Graham said. Several dealt with cell phones and other personal communication devices, which are now referred to as mobile communication devices.
One policy deals with private sponsorship of extracurricular events. Although no state laws deal with promotional events during athletic events, ASBA suggested that board adopt some type of policy so that they can refer to it when needed.
Graham said that the Nashville district has always looked favorably at student-initiated activities during pre-game and halftime at sporting events. “Those from outside the school, we usually reject,” he said.
ASBA suggested that outside groups wanting to conduct activities during the events should have insurance policies in effect. The Nashville board agreed that the district may “set a lower amount or waive the insurance requirement at the superintendent’s discretion.”
All of the proposed policies received board approval.
Building administrators presented proposed changes to student handbooks for their campuses. Most received little or no discussion from the board, except for student photo ID badges at high school and junior high.
The campuses introduced the badges last spring, and students are required to wear them daily on a lanyard so that they are visible at all times. Junior high Assistant Principal Jason Williamson said the badges “will help our faculty and staff identify and increase the safety of our students.”
Students will use their IDs to check out books from media centers on the two campuses and in the meal tracker system in high school and junior high cafeterias.
Graham said administrators were “ready to punt at the end of the year” in dealing with students who came to school without their IDs. “I asked them to figure out a way to make it work,” he said.
The policy which was presented Monday night was the result of a review of last year’s badge implementation and discussion in handbook committee meetings which included parents.
Parents did not want students sent to ISS for not having name tags, board members were told.
Monday night’s discussion bogged down on the section of the proposed policy dealing with students who show up at school without the badges. First block teachers are to check to see that each student is wearing his or her badge. Those who do not have badges will receive a temporary sticker from the teacher to use for that day.
Students who lose their ID badges will pay $1 for a replacement the first time.
On the second time and thereafter, students will be charged a $5 replacement fee.
The original draft of the policy said that students who forgot their badges or were waiting on replacements for lost IDs would face the following disciplinary action.
“The student’s cell phone will be taken up by the teacher and turned in to the principal for the day. The student will be the last in line during lunch in the cafeteria for the day. The student will not be allowed to leave class for any reason other than a medical emergency for the day. Bathroom breaks must be taken between classes and during lunch only, no office visit, library, parking lot or visits to other classrooms.”
Board member Monica Clark expressed reservations about tying the IDs to restroom privileges. A lengthy discussion followed Clark’s statement as administrators and board members looked for ways to deal with the issue.
Finally, Graham asked if the restroom portion of the policy should be amended. Eventually, Williamson and high school Assistant Kim Slayton and Principal Tate Gordon recommended removing the restroom section from the policy.
Board members approved the handbook changes with the amendment to the ID policy.
Next week’s Leader will review all of the handbook changes from each campus.
Other business during a meeting lasting nearly one hour and 45 minutes included the following:
The board approved indexes for extended contracts with one change. The index for the district’s gifted and talented coordinator will be .14 to “put it in line with academic coaches,” Graham said.
Summer school teachers and summer maintenance workers were employed.
They include the following:
High school summer school – Holly Couch, Aleshia Erwin, Scott Horne and Fran Strawn, all ACT school; Kim Newton, David Schwope, Amy Bearden and Shawn Dale.
Junior high summer school – John Mark Tollett, math; Tammy Alexander, English; Ashley Riggs, substitute.
Elementary summer school – Twyla Nichols, Karen Kell, Becky Floyd, Kristie Vines, Sarah Smith, Janet McCullough and Tabitha Jones, sub.
Primary summer school – Early bird: Allison McCauley, Shannon White, aide Anna Perez and aide Pilar Nunley; third grade summer school teachers: Jane Caldwell, Vicki Cook, Sarah Horn, Lakan McAdams, Jennifer Pinkerton, Krissie Talley, Tami Westfall and Karlie Worley.
District summer employees – Jala Vett Washington, floor crew, new contract in April; Zach Winton, technology, new contract in july; John David Griffin, technology; Boomer Brown, Scrapper Dome and field house; John Rekowski, floor crew; Laurie Coleman, Michelle Ruffaner and Misty Hill, cafeteria.
Board members approved the district’s proposed budget of expenditures for 2015-16.
Graham said the district will have a sidewalk sale June 24 to get rid of old equipment and other items. “We’ve accumulated quite a bit in storage since we started the construction project We will have a sidewalk sale June 24 and offer these items to the public.”
The sale items will be put on display Monday, June 23, on the old Lewis Food Center parking lot behind Ivan Smith Furniture. The sale will be Tuesday, June 24. Items must sell for at least fair market value, Graham said.


Nashville School District’s sidewalk sale Tuesday, June 24

The Nashville School District will sponsor a sidewalk sale Tuesday, June 24, on the parking lot behind Ivan Smith Furniture, the former site of Lewis Food Center.
Items will be on display Monday, June 23, and the sale will be held all day June 24.
Items include a Hobart tray washer, 3 x 5 filing cabinet, meat slicer, cash register, stainless work bench with sink, 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 freezer, two activity boards, industrial stainless wash sink.
Double industrial stainless sink, two buffet warmers with four units, 3 x 6 chest freezer, two 3 x 4 chest freezers, laminator, wooden manager’s desk, roll desk (storage), stainless coat rack, six square tables, six round tables, storage with television and VCR, nine overhead projectors, one stand, two dry erase boards, metal magazine rack.
70 laminate shelving boards, 3 x 3 cabinet with laminate top, Remington typewriter, desk light, round magazine rack, one speaker, 3 x 5 desk with drawers, couch, laminate computer desk, two metal computer desks, 12 6-foot book shelves, 12-foot counter top.
60 1 x 3 shelving boards, 7 7 1/2 shelving boards, 14 metal cabinet frames, 10 6 x 3 metal shelves, filing cabinet, lighted trophy case, 11 3 x 7 wood shelves, four 3 x 7 hanging shelves, 8 3 x 6 1/2 masonite paneling, 36 sets of student lockers, small floor mixer – elementary, gold student chairs, 24 4-piece combination lockers, two industrial deep fryers.
75 student desks, four shelves, three or four filing cabinets, large metal band saw, sewing machine, record player, stainless steel serving line, large cabinet, cafeteria tables, televisions.

Obituaries (Week of June 16)

Jack Sweeden
Jack Sweeden, 79 of Murfreesboro, Ark., passed away on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was born on Feb. 18, 1935 in Daisy, Ark., the son of the late Jim and Etta Cornish Sweeden.
Mr. Sweeden was a member of the Murfreesboro Church of Christ, and a truck driver for many years. Jack was an avid gardener and loved to share the fruits of his labor. He loved to hunt, be a beekeeper, and fish, especially on the White River.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Preston, Lewis, Merlie (Big Bud), and Berlie (Little Bud), granddaughter Erin Stone, and two great-grandsons, Smillie and Trenton.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years — they were married on June 22, 1956 in Murfreesboro — Pat Woodley Sweeden of Murfreesboro, Arl.;  two sons, Russell Sweeden and wife, Robin, Jeff Sweeden and wife, Beth; three daughters, Robin and Gary Lammers, Cindy and Floyd Cox, and Sally Sweeden; three brothers, Tom and wife, Venita Sweeden, Bob and wife, Wanda Sweeden, and Dallas and wife, Gail Sweeden; three sisters, Jessie Mae Hill, Joyce Reed and husband, Hollis, Linda King and husband, Ronnie; grandchildren Toni Blees, Zac Stone, Shanna Russell, Sara Lamb, Nathaniel (Buzz) Sweeden, Morgan Lammers, Jared, Eli, and Layton Lammers; great grandchildren Haley and Lyla Stone, Savanna Graham, Kaitlyn Russell, Easton Russell, Laini Liggin, and Brooklyn Sweeden; Mr. Sweeden is also survived by his best friend and fishing buddy, Keith Self.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Pleasant Home Cemetery with Bill Farris officiating, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Monday, June 16 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Pallbearers were Glen Sweeden, Jimmy Sweeden, Clint Sweeden, Wade Reed, Kevin Sweeden, Scott Sweeden, and Slade King.
Honorary Pallbearers were Rod Riley, Keith Self, and Steryl Self.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Home Cemetery Fund.
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Josephine Worthey Askew
Josephine (Worthey) Askew, 86, of McCaskill, passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born on Dec. 18, 1927 in Idabel, Okla., the daughter of the late Enoch Worthey and Mertie Sutton Worthey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Sherwood.
She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Thomas and husband, Lee of McCaskill, and Janie Jackson and husband, Jerry of Murfreesboro; two grandsons, John Coleman and wife, Bobbie of Prescott, Jimmy Coleman and wife, Nichole of Arlington, Ohio; three great-grandchildren, Torri Rodriguez of Louisville, Ky., Jesse Coleman of Arlington, Ohio, and Jordan Coleman of Richmond, Ind.; two sisters, Dink Cowell of Hope, and Elizabeth Harden and husband, Buddy of Deann, Ark., and  numerous other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 13, 2014 at Harris Cemetery in McCaskill, with Randy Hughes and John Ross officiating under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
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Flora Faye Faulkner
Flora Faye Faulkner, 88, of Dierks died Friday, June 13, 2014.
She was born July 7, 1925 in Provo, Ark., the daughter of the late Luther and Rosie Power Faulkner. She was a former employee of Nashville Jewelry and Gifts and was a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Hercel, Addie and George Faulkner, and a sister, Eunice Compton.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
Services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Glen Green and Clyde Mitchell officiating. Burial followed in the Restland Cemetery in Nashville.
Visitation was 1:30-2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 15 at the church.
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Vera Beatrice Arnold
Vera Beatrice Kitchens Arnold, 98, of Dierks, died Sunday, June 15, 2014.
She was born May 19, 1916, in the Liberty Hill community to the late Thomas Henry and Emma Frances Jones Kitchens. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church.
She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Arnold; seven brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include: two daughters, Wilma Cogburn, and Jeffie Roth and husband, Sam; a son Granvel Johnny Arnold and wife, Roxie; also 14 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, 74 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Leah Arnold, Johnny Arnold and Richard Leach officiating. Burial followed in the Hickory Grove Cemetery near Dierks.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 16 at the funeral home in Dierks.
Orvill Carl Huggins
Orvill Carl Huggins, 95, of Dierks, died Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Heber Springs, Ark.
He was born July 16, 1918 in Glenwood, the son of the late Jess and Victoria Coffman Huggins. He was a World War II veteran having served in the South Pacific, and was a member of the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine “Jerri” Harris Huggins.
Survivors include: five daughters, Peggy Miller and husband, Roy of Hyde Park, Utah, Carolyn Devasier and husband, Ken of Roseburg, Ore.,Vicki Springstead and husband, Mike, of Eugene, Ore., Nancy Lytsell and husband, Roy of Myrtle Creek, Ore., and Shelly Strasner and husband, Hal of Umpire; 16 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 24 great-great grandchildren, and three sisters.
Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Green’s Chapel Methodist Church near Dierks with Bro. Carrol Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, June 17 at the Dierks Chapel.
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Mine Creek Revelations: J-Turn ally

If you’ll read this week’s District Court report you’ll see our town’s first recorded ticket for ‘texting’ while driving. Congratulations to the officer who caught it.
Also, a woman approached me this week to deliver her official comment on my campaign against J-Turns. She said she had previously been ‘ambivalent’ about my campaign until recently when she was  foxed out of the last parking spot in front of the Sharpe’s store by a J-Turner.
Now she’s firmly on my side against these flagrant criminals.
Well, not completely.
When I asked her to bring political pressure on Mayor Billy Ray Jones to deputize me so I could give tickets for J-Turns, she said she approved of that but she didn’t want me to be armed.
I should drop my effort to get a concealed weapon permit, she explained (I had reasoned that showing off a sorta concealed weapon while wearing a snazzy uniform would make me look more formidable to the J-Turn criminals, and would therefore influence them to cease this nefarious activity).
She said that instead of a concealed weapon, I should get a whistle. That’s right. A whistle.
“Lady,” I huffed, “In Arkansas there is no such thing as a concealed whistle permit.”
I think it is important for the mayor to deputize me so I can get to work quickly. We’re obviously losing the war against J-Turns. Just stand out on the sidewalk in the Central Business District and keep count.
In all seriousness, though, it is REAL important to put a halt to texting while driving.
TO THE DISTRESS OF some persons and the delight of others, there is an effort underway to put on the November General Election ballot an issue which would make the retail sale of alcohol legal in ALL Arkansas counties.
Bootleggers, churches and owners of liquor stores on county lines are fighting it, a person in the Alcohol Control Board told me Thursday. Some supporters are trying to gather about 78,000 signatures required to put the issue up for a popular vote.
I had actually called the ABC to get information about another thing. A normally good source of information told me that each ‘dry’ county could only have a certain number of private clubs licensed to serve alcohol. This source told me that two Nashville churches had ‘bought up’ all the remaining private club license spots for Howard County. Currently, there is only one private club in the county legally serving alcohol to members — that would be the Eagles Aerie in Nashville.
BUT the spokesperson at the ABC told me that he had worked in the agency for more than 20 years He said he had heard this rumor practically from his first day on the job.
There is NO LIMIT for the number of private club licenses, he said, therefore there is no truth to the rumor that churches are buying up private club permits.
He did say that the number of alcohol retail sales outlets in a wet county is limited by the population of that county.
And that is probably where these two stories got confused.
MANY MISTEAKS. I stoopidly believed a bunch of Yankee ‘scientists’ when I wrote a column about ticks a couple of weeks ago. ‘They’ said that there were only six species of ticks in Arkansas, and they listed them in an article about the coming danger of ticks this summer.
The left off the most important species of tick: the Damn Tick, or sometimes called That Damned Tick.
On my Tuesday night paper route drive to Newhope (one word) two weeks ago, a full-grown bobcat loped across the road. Then, last week, at almost the same spot, a dark fox with a long tail ran into the bushes. The setting sun left me just enough light to see the animals.
I typically see lots of deer grazing on the sides of the road. But, also last week, there was a tiny, spotted fawn standing not three feet off the asphalt. I hope it’s mom was okay.
Let me repeat my suggestion about your vote in the November General Election. If you see a candidate’s print or television ad, and he or she appears to be running against President Obama or U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, consider giving your support to that candidate’s opponent. I like it when a candidate runs on his or her own merits, not capitalizes upon hatred of an officeholder from another state. In virtually every case, a candidate can do nothing to prevent anything or undo anything that Pelosi or Obama can do or have allegedly done. The candidate and his/her ad agency doesn’t think much of your intelligence.
WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: In the 60 ‘s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
HE SAID: “When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” Peter Marshall, twice chaplain of the U.S. Senate
SHE SAID: “Human relations are built on feeling, not on reason or knowledge. And feeling is not an exact science; like all spiritual qualities, it has the vagueness of greatness about it” Amelia Barr, British novelist

Special session likely, senator says

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
June or July could see the Arkansas Legislature holding a special session.
According to Sen. Larry Teague of Nashville, the legislature is likely to hold a summer session at some point in order to talk about the school employee insurance issue.
Teague said that he believes it will be a three-day session and is hoping that legislators can make the changes quickly and effectively.
According to Teague, “The teacher insurance issue needs to be settled before August so that it will be ready for the new school year.”
In discussing what is going to be changed, Teague said that for the most part it’s just average details. Not a whole lot will change.
His main issue with the bill is that the legislature is considering taking part-time bus drivers off of teacher insurance. Teague said he is not sure how he feels about this subject yet.
Teague said that he doesn’t believe that the gay marriage issue will come up in any summer meetings. He thinks that it will be handled in 2015. Teague’s prediction is that the state Supreme Court will make gay marriage illegal again until someone challenges the decision. Then the process will start all over.
Teague’s view on issuing marriage licenses to gay couples was made quite clear.
“I just want to make it clear that I am against marriage licenses being given to gay couples being made legal,” he said. Teague co-sponsored the bill against gay marriage licensing when it was first brought up about 10 years ago.

Coach leaves, coaches hired at South Pike County School District

By John Balch
Leader staff
The South Pike County School Board approved the hiring of two new coaches and also accepted the resignation of another coach and a partial resignation of another during the board’s June meeting last week.
The board voted 7-0 to hire new coaches, Marc McRae and Nicole Martin, both Murfreesboro High School graduates. McRae, who is one of Superintendent Roger Featherston’s son-in-laws, will take over the Rattler baseball program and be an assistant football coach as well as teach junior high science. Martin will take over the Lady Rattler basketball program and will also teach junior high science. McRae will join his alma mater after coaching baseball and football at Gurdon while Martin will join the South Pike County staff after coaching girls’ basketball in Horatio.
The board also accepted the resignation of Si Hornbeck, who is Featherston’s other son-in-law and has taken a coaching position with the Farmington School District in northwest Arkansas.
Steve Martin also submitted his resignation from the girls’ basketball head coach position, but will remain the head coach of the Lady Rattler softball program as well as an assistant football coach. Martin told The Nashville Leader he made the decision to relinquish the basketball position for the betterment of the program and commended the board’s decision to hire a new coach for the program.

The hirings and resignations will result in Chuck Lowery taking over the school’s track program while remaining an assistant football coach.

In other personnel business last week, the board accepted the resignation of Rene Campbell, a seventh and eighth grade teacher, who was then hired back as a special education aid. The board also approved the hiring of Debbie Hoover as a cafeteria worker and made minor contractual adjustments for employees custodian Cindy Smith, school nurse Bobbie Higginbottom and maintenance worker Donald Beshears.

The board also approved a proposed budget of expenditures for the 2015-2016 school years and accepted various personnel policy revisions. Both items were approved with no discussion and at the recommendation of Featherston.

Featherston also reminded the board that two positions on the school board are up for election this year. The positions include Delight’s Zone 2, currently held by Joe House, who was recently appointed to fulfill the term vacated by Ricky Buck, and Murfreesboro’s Zone 3, currently held by Chris Sharp, who was appointed to the seat after no one filed for the position in the last election cycle. Featherston said if no one files for the positions this year it was his understanding the two currently board members could “carry on” in those positions.

Pike County Circuit Court

Twelve defendants were sentenced Monday, June 2 in Pike County Circuit Court after entering true, guilty or no contest pleas.
They included:
James G. Haas, 28, of Glenwood, pleaded guilty to introducing controlled substance into body of another and possession of a firearm by a certain person; sentenced to 15 years in Arkansas Department of Corrections with three years suspended and required to forfeit firearm.
Ragan Bailey, 37, of Delight, pleaded “true” to probation revocation and guilty to the charges of possession of a firearm by a certain person and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; sentenced to six years in the ADC with three years suspended and one year in the Pike County Jail and required to forfeit a firearm.
Jonathan P. Cheek, 32, of Delight, pleaded no contest to charges of possession of a firearm by a certain person, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and manufacturing of a controlled substance; sentenced to 10 years in the ADC with four years suspended and required to forfeit firearm.
Coty Earl Rector, 22, of Delight, pleaded no contest to charge of failure to comply with registration and reporting requirements of being a sex offender; sentenced to 10 years of probation and 2,000 hours of community service and will be fined $10,000 if he returns to Arkansas to reside. Rector may visit his mother in Arkansas for no longer than four days and must notify the proper authorities when he is in the state.
Clyde Royree Allgood, 55, of Delight pleaded guilty to charge of possession of a firearm by a certain person; sentenced to five years of probation, fined $1,500 plus court costs and required to forfeit weapon and ammunition.
Jeremy Laray Williamson, 34, of Glenwood, pleaded “true” to probation and guilty to charges of delivery of a controlled substance; sentenced to six years in the ADC with three years suspended.
Noah W. Miller, 20, of Glenwood, pleaded guilty to fleeing; sentenced to six years in the ADC with two years suspended (credited with time served) and must pay $2,138.14 restitution to Pike County Sheriff’s Department.
John David May, 47, of Nashville, guilty of possession of methamphetamine; sentenced to five years in the ADC with two years suspended.
Paul W. O’Neal Jr., 49, of Kirby, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a certain person; sentenced to three years of probation, fined $1,500 plus court costs and required to forfeit firearm.
Ricky J. Pennington, 31, of Bearden, pleaded guilty to terroristic threatening; sentenced to six years in the ADC with three years suspended.
Johnathan L. Pittman, 25, of Bismarck, pleaded “true” to probation revocation; sentenced to six years in the ADC with two years suspended.
Allen Matthew A. Jones III, 20, of LaJunta, Calif., pleaded guilty to possession of controlled substance with purpose to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia; sentenced to six years in the ADC with two years suspended.


Howard County Circuit Court

An uncooperative defendant was ruled fit to proceed, and her trial date was set, during last Wednesday’s regular day for criminal court here.
Lameta Graham, 49, black female, Nashville, refused to cooperate with a state psychologist during her court-ordered mental evaluation, but Judge Tom Cooper ruled her fit to proceed with her Aug. 19 trial, anyway.
She is facing two separate criminal cases: (1) aggravated assault, a class D felony and third degree battery, class A misdemeanor; and (2) a class D felony charge of aggravated assault upon a law officer. Pretrial motions will be heard July 30.
A mental evaluation was ordered for another defendant. The evaluation was ordered for James Rogers, 31, white male, Nashville, who is charged with breaking or entering, class D felony, and theft of property, class D felony.
A failure to appear warrant was ordered for a defendant who missed his court date. The warrant is for Brandon Eatman, 35, white male, Prescott, who is charged with class D felony possession of drug paraphernalia. When apprehended, Eatman will not be eligible for release on bond.
A defendant in a complicated case pleaded true in two probation revocation cases, and guilty to to felony charges. Jayme Layne Almond, 30, white female, Nashville, allegedly tried to make police believe her estranged husband possessed contraband because of a child custody case. After a police investigation, she was charged with being an accomplice to unauthorized use of another person’s property to facilitate crimes, class B felony; and filing false reports with law enforcement agency, class D felony. She was earlier charged with class C felony furnishing prohibited articles. She was also charged with failure to meet the terms of her probation on a conviction of second degree forgery, a class C felony.
Her sentence was 10 years in the ADC with two years suspended, on the first count; six years in the ADC on count 2; on her two probation revocation cases she was sentenced to six years in the ADC. All sentences are to be served concurrently.
Guilty pleas
Four more defendants gave guilty pleas and were sentenced.
Juan Quintero, 19, Hispanic male, Nashville, pleaded guilty to a class C felony charge of theft of property. He was fined $2,000 and was placed on three years probation.
Loc Qui Pham, 28, Asian male, Nashville, pleaded guilty to a class C felony charge of theft of property. His sentence was three years of probation and a fine of $2,000.
Justin Hopkins, 24, black male, Mineral Springs, pleaded guilty to felony charges related to possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was sentenced to 10 years on both counts, to be served concurrently.
Brian Smally, 58, black male, Nashville, was charged with class D felony possession of Sched 1 and II controlled substances, and also had a probation revocation trial for failure to meet terms of his probation for a February 2010 conviction for possession of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to the former, and true to the latter charge. His sentence on each count was six years in the ADC with three years suspended. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
Nolo contendre to
Pike, Howard charges
John Peyton Cox, 20, white male, Nashville, pleaded guilty to a pair of identical sex charges — one from Howard and one from Pike County.
He was charged with sexual indecency with a child, a class D felony, and his plea to each of the charges was ‘nolo contendre,’ or ‘no contest, which has the same effect as a guilty plea. He was sentenced to three years in the ADC on each charge, to be served concurrently. He must also register as a sex offender.
One defendant had his bond re-instated at $5,000 enabling him to attend a rehab program at the Veterans Hospital. George Bamberg, Sr., 65, white male, still has a Sept. 30 trial date on a pair of felony cases, both class D felonies involving possession of controlled substances.
Six defendants were granted continuances, and five persons made first appearances before the judge and are to return to the courtroom June 18 for formal arraignment.


Howard County Farmers’ Market making more options, opens second location

A partnership between three area ‘farmers markets’ gives consumers more opportunities to buy fresh produce, and provides growers more chances to sell their products.
The markets — at Nashville, Hope and Washington — are in their second year of cooperation, Howard County Farmers’ Market manager Debra Bolding told Nashville Rotarians, last Wednesday.
Bolding was accompanied by fellow market volunteer Margaret Vegas. She reviewed the history of the Nashville project from its inception in the winter of 2007 to the early summer of 2014 when a second location was opened in Nashville.
There are no salaries paid to persons who work at the market, and vendor fees pay the market’s expenses. Area businesses have contributed money to be used for advertising.
Friday seems to be Nashville’s favorite day for the market, she told Rotarians, and the location on South Washington Street is open from 7-11 on Fridays.
The ‘new’ location is at the Walmart on Highway 27S on Mondays at 3 p.m.
At Nashville, there is a demonstration garden and a 4-H garden in addition to the old peach shed-style building where cooking demonstrations are given and vendors sell their produce.
Hope’s favorite day is Tuesday. Farm fresh produce is sold directly from the back of trucks. At Washington, the market is open 7-noon on Saturdays. At Washington, crafts are also sold.
Some of the items which shoppers will find at the Nashville market include fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, eggs, flowers, baked goods, preserves and other food-related items.
Usually, some organization provides a hospital table with coffee and light foods.
Bolding emphasized that all products sold at the markets must be grown locally by the vendor.
She explained that the partnership between the three markets improved chances of more vendors making more garden fresh produce available to shoppers.
Club president Margi Jenks presided at the meeting. Program chairman Jimmy Dale introduced Bolding. A guest was Jenny Chandler, spouse of Rotarian James Chandler.


Nashville Junior High School academic awards

Nashville Junior High School held an awards assembly Tuesday, May 27, in Scrapper Arena.
Tammy Elliott presented FCCLA awards to her officers including Kennedy Blue, Emily McCauley, John Grace, Grace Talley, and Zac Perez.  She handed out Star Events certificates to Kennedy Blue, Emily McCauley, Grace Talley, Payton Dodd, Olivia Herzog, Breanna Peebles, Bailey Denton, Gabi Dougan, and Sharie Dixon.
Next, FBLA awards were given out to Austin Chambers, Ethan Kuntz, Garrett Gordon, Peyton Dodd, Zack Perez, Kelby Schooley, Kaitlynn Wakley, Kennedy Blue,Katie Carroll, Kelsey Grace, Emily McCauley, Jake Ernest, Kacey Hinds, Shayla Miller, Autumn Harris, Hunter McMurphy, Chris Waldrop, Audra Hughes, and Grace Talley.
Science Club awards were given out to Anthony Motta and Kayla Cooper for going above and beyond in the work that they did.
FACS awards were given out to Alyssa Rather, Jeremy Conway, Olivia Herzog, JR Robbins, Madi White, Monique Flores, Tyler Hanson, Garrett Lance, Julieta Chavez, Hunter Burton, Gage Kropf, Hunter Jones, Emily Clements, Brookelyen Cox, Abby Frohnappel, Bailey Denton, Unized Hernandez, and Peyton Dodd.
Business awards were given out to Erica Bretado, Barrett Jackson, Hunter Burton, Leslie Lingo, Alyssa Rather, Olivia Herzog, Shayla Miller, Zack Williams, Peyton Dodd, Audra Hughes Matthew Nannemann, Erica Linville, Peyton Tarno, Kelby Schooley, Kaylea Carver, Allyssa Harrison, Anna Kesterson, Justin Bean, Kennedy Blue, Matthew Nunley, Alicia Rojas, and Katie Carroll.
English awards were given to Brooklyn Anderson, Barrett Jackson, Monique Flores, Alyssa Powell, Alyssa Rather, Laisa Ramirez, Bailey Denton, Justin Bean, Kaitlyn Wakley, Austin Chambers, Emily McCauley, Mckenzie Morphew, Audra Hughes, Tyundra Stewart, Triston Rhodes, Grace Talley, Autumn Harris, and Kirby Adcock.
Math awards were given to Barrett Jackson, Erika Bretado, Kayla Cooper, Scott Clay, Kris Horne, Alyssa Powell, Ty Coulter, Jaydon Hostetler, Jordan White, Monique Flores, Ivan Almazan, Zack Williams, Jhamilex Hernandez, Mikayla Sharp, Rheanna Anderson, Chance Hartness, Asia Munn, Asia Harris, Raegan Erskine, Jakeb Ernest, Kaitlyn Wakley, and Audra Hughes.
Social Studies awards were given to Erika Bretado, Braden Williams, Casen Drummond, Darren May, Kim Bell, Konisha Hillary, Alyssa Powell, Jake Ernest, Matthew Nunley, Heaven Oller, Jessica Bradford, Monique Flores, Zach Williams, Leslie Lingo, Garrett Lance, Lindsey O’Donnell, Alicia Rojas, Audra Hughes, Grace Talley, Emily McCauley, Matthew Nannemann, and Mae Lamb.
Science awards went out to Jaydon Hostetler, Ty Coulter, Garrett Talley, Cendy Sanchez, Briana Upton, John Hardin, Zach Williams, Olivia Herzog, Monique Flores, Rigo Resendez, Michael Bevill, and Austin Chambers.
Career Orientation awards were given out to Jaydon Hostetler, Erika Bretado, Kris Horne, Laiken baird, Colton Patterson, and Kayla Cooper.
The two art awards were handed out to Jalyn Pinson and Sally Crawford. These two awards were voted on by students.
Band awards were given out to Rykia Swift, Eli Howard, Dalton Wilson, Hunter Burton, Zack Williams, and Jake Moorer. Color Guard awards went out to Annie Dallas, Jacky Martinez, Mea Heard, Alyssa Ryan, Shayla Miller, Liz-Anel Bello, and Emily Young.
Student Council members were recognized with awards given by Deb Wallis. They include Preston Pope(President), Olivia Herzog (Vice President), Anna Kesterson (Secretary), Kailus Hughes (Treasurer), and representatives Justin Beene, Mckenzie Morphew, Felicity Green, Leslie Lingo, Bravyn Bell, and Colton Patterson.
Office worker awards were given to Nicole Dodson, Alli Reeder, Kacey Hinds, Ruby Camacho, Barrett Jackson, Darius Hopkins, Lindsey O’Donnell, Madi White, Jayla Spoo, Ashley Morris, Autumn Harris, Antasia Hibberd, Destiny Wells, and Layne Thompson.
Library worker awards were given to Alyssa Rather and Kennedy Blue.
Athletic awards were given out to Darius Hopkins (Outstanding Football), Kirby Adcock (Outstanding Lineman), Darius Hopkins (Outstanding Basketball), CJ Spencer (Outstanding Defense), Austin Gibbs (Joe Lee Goodrum Award), Darius Hopkins (Track/Leadership), Asia Munn (Outstanding Basketball), and Brookelyen Cox (Betty Floyd Award).
Cheer awards were given to all of the ninth grade cheerleaders. They include Nicole Dodson, Emily McCauley, Rheana Anderson, Asia Harris, Alyssa Cox, and Mackenzie Morphew.
The Gold Presidential Awards were given to the following: Kirby Adcock, Rheanna Anderson, Justin Bean, Michael Bevil, Kennedy Blue, Austin Bowman, Marisol Bustos, Rudy Camacho, Kaylea Carver, Savanah Carver, Karter Castleberry, Austin Chambers, Alyssa Cox, Sally Crawford, Devin Culp, Nicole Dodson, Bailey Dougan, Courtly Dougan, Gabi Dougan, Jakeb Ernest, Reagan Erskine, Blane Erwin, Marshall Evins, Abey Fatherree, Garrett Gordon, Kelsey Grace, Autumn Harris, Alyssa Harrison, Glen Hartness, Brittany Hilliard, Kacey Hinds, Alexis Holder, Audra Hughes, Zach Jamison, Anna Kesterson, Kendall Krichhoff, Mae Lamb, Lori Landa, Sarah Lawhon, Sadie Leeper, Kenneth Luper, Emily McCauley, Gabe Moorer, McKenzie Morophew, Asia Munn, Matthew Nannemann, Matthew Nunley, Heaven Oller, Zach 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, Hunter White, Abigail Witherspoon, and Erica Linville.
The Silver Presidential Awards were given out to the following: Trace Beene, Dalton Billings, Ty Brown, Emily Evans, Ronnie Gainey, Brency Hernandez, Darius Hopkins, Oscar Luna, Ronin McBride, Brooklyn Nolen, Luis Ortiz, Breanna Roberts, Dalton Smead, Cieria Wynn, Kaitlyn Wakley, Asia Harris, and Chance Hartness.
Seventh grade Citizenship Awards were given out to: Hannah Barfield, Bladen Parker, Taneya Mays, Cendy Sanchez, and D’ante Jefferson.
Science Destination Challenge gave out first, second, and third place medals at the awards assembly. First place recipients were: Zach Backus, Mackenzie G Brown, Hunter Burton, Alexa Copeland, Bailey Denton, Monique Flores, Monica Garcia, Tyae Harris, and Breanna Peebles. Second Place recipients were: Brookelyen Cox, John Hardin, Unized Hernandez, Olivia Herzog, Alec Jackson, and Alyssa Rather. Third place recipients were: Vanessa Carballo, Scott Clay, Isaac Connell, Kayla Cooper, Leslie Lingo, Lindsey O’Donnell, Will McAlister, Seth Roberts, and Garrett Talley.
The Robotics Team was recognized with awards during the assembly by Brenda Galliher and Carol Hendrix, the coaches. Nadia Rourk, Monique Flores, Katilynn Hanney, and Isabelle Martin were all apart of this team.
Battle of the Books team members were recognized with awards. Braden Williams, Barrett Jackson, Grace Campbell, Isabelle Martin, Kris Horne, Kayla Cooper, Zack Williams, Melena Cooper, Anthony Motta, Jhamilex Hernandez, Laisa Ramirez, Mikayla Sharp, Kennedy Blue, and Kenneth Luper were all on that team.
The recipients of the Microsoft Certification awards were: Devin Culp, Jake Ernest, Marshall Evins, Teresa Gastelum, Jessica Green, Autumn Harris, Brittany Hilliard, Kacey Hinds, Audra Hughes, Hunter Katzer, Sarah Lawhon, Sadie Leeper, Eriva Linville, Robin McBride, Emily McCauley, Matthew Nannemann, Daniel Pioquinto, Bridgett Puente, Kelby Schooley, Peyton Tarno, Rony Calladares, Hannah White, Abi Witherspoon, Matthew Nunley, Kennedy Blue, Kaylea Carver, Alyssa Harrison, Justin Bean, Lexi Holder, Gabi Dougan, Abbey Fatherree, Raegan Erkine, Kaitlyn Wakely, Karter Castleberry, Christian Sepulveda, Luis Ortiz, Maricela Bustos, Jasmin Scot, Anna Kesterson, Lori Landa, Joshua Whitlow, Jhamilex Hernandez, Dajai Hawkins, Monique Flores, Alysha Morgan, Tyler Hanson, Shun Childress, Malcom Campbell, Alicia Rojas, Alyssa Rather, Hunter McGilberry, Stephanie Piza, Jasmin Camacho, Vanessa Carballo, Peyton Dodd, MacKenzie Guffy, Unized Hernandez, Olivia Herzog, Braylon Kelley, Shayla Miller, Seth Roberts, and Zack Williams.
Lastly, the Junior High Quiz Bowl team was presented with awards. Those students include Hunter Burton, Caleb Newton, Shayla Miller, Zach Williams, Leslie Lingo, Breanna Peebles, Alyssa Rather, Garrett Lance, Body King, Joey Scroggins, Braden WIlliams, Grace Campbell, Kris Horne, and Barrett Jackson.


Health Clinic to be open once monthly

The Christian Health Clinic of Howard County will now be meeting only one time per month – on the second Thursday from 4-6 p.m.
Services are on a first come-first served basis and medical, dental and pharmacy services are usually available.
The clinic is located at 121 W. Sypert in Nashville.
For more information, contact Bill Blakely at (870) 845-0744.


Relay volunteers raise money to aid in cancer battle

The Howard County Relay for Life entered last Friday night’s fund-raiser at the Nashville City Park with more than $27,000 secured in the battle against cancer.
An evening of food and entertainment at the park added to the collection, with the final total to be announced.
“We relay because every cancer matters,” interim Relay for Life chairman Joanna Howard said. She said that the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life raised funds for and provided services for all types of cancers.
During Relay, cancer survivors were recognized, along with caregivers and fund-raising teams.
Many teams offered food, games and entertainment in the park with an eye to raise more funds for the Cancer Society. Howard said that 93 cents of every dollar raised goes directly for cancer research and free patient services, and for funds to honor survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer.
Relay for Life began with a survivors’ reception and concluded with the luminaria service to honor cancer survivors and those who died from cancer. Candles were lit inside personalized bags and placed around the park to recognize those affected by cancer. Tiki torches were also part of the service. Jenny Westbrook and Howard read the names of cancer survivors and those lost to cancer.
Local entertainment was part of the evening, along with the Southern Justice band from El Dorado.
Relay for Life dates back to May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt walked and ran for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Wash., and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The next year, 340 supporters were part of the overnight event. Since then, Relay for Life has raised about $5 billion worldwide to fight cancer.

D.A.R. speaker talks of Revolutionary War

The Mine Creek-Paraclifta Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met May 13 at Western Sizzlin’ in Nashville. Eleven members and two guests were present.
Regent Velma Owens led the opening ritual. Judy Hile introduced the speaker, Dr. Tony Kassos of Murfreesboro.
He discussed Revolutionary War Lt. William Jenkins, who was buried in the Murfreesboro Cemetery in 1843. Kassos said Jenkins was in several war campaigns in and around the Carolinas.
Jenkins was born in Maryland in 1762. At age 18, he became a volunteer in the South Carolina militia.
After the war, he lived in Tennessee and Alabama before moving to Arkansas with his son Jesse Jenkins, a Methodist minister. Jenkins lived in Murfreesboro for five years. His granite headstone can be seen near the east entrance to the cemetery.
Minutes of the April meeting were read. Treasurer Marilyn Bradley gave the financial report. Owens shared the President General’s message listing three commemorative
events to observe during the year – the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day, the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
Hile urged members to buy American products and showed them how to recognize those made in the United States.
Ann Parker discussed the flying of the first American flag.
The nominating committee presented the slate of officers for 2014-16. They include Regent Velma Owens, Vice Regent Charlotte Gibson, Chaplain Vivian Pope, Secretary Charlean Morris, Treasurer Marilyn Bradley, Registrar Judy Covington, Historian Jean Ann Flaherty and Reporter Elizabeth Overton. Members approved a motion to accept the slate.
The chapter’s responsibilities for the 2013 state conference were discussed. Owens will confer with the Caddo District planning committee.
A note of thanks from Kayla Ashbrooks was read. Ashbrooks expressed her appreciation for the DAR Good Citizen Award.
A guest at the meeting was Morris’s sister from Florida.

Obituaries (Week of June 9)

Charles ‘Eddie’ Ray
Charles “Eddie” Ray, 63, of Nashville, passed away on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at his home.
He was born on Jan. 23, 1951, in Nashville, the son of Charles Eugene Ray and the late Peggy Merle Roberson Ray.
He was an umpire, coached baseball and spent many years at the ballpark. He loved fishing with his three fishing buddies, James Howard, Richard Lacefield, and Jerry Wilson. He was a loving husband, father, and devoted grandfather and member of the Crosspoint Cowboy Church.
In addition to his mother, Peggy Ray, he was preceded in death by one sister, Ginger Ray; and his grandparents, Clarence and Leota Robinson, and Paul Banks and Helen Ray.
Survivors include: his wife of 32 years, Anna Ray of Nashville; his father, Eugene Ray of Nashville; daughter and son-in-law, Kristi and Joshua Rosenbaum of Nashville, and daughter, Kari Crow of Nashville; one son and daughter-in-law, Kadem and Melissa Ray of Nashville; one sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Tom Jones of San Diego, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Sherry Ray of Nashville; and a brother-in-law, James Howard; six grandchildren, Jade, Kollin, Kane, Leah, Landon, Piper and a seventh one on the way, Charles “Peyton,” and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Crosspoint Cowboy Church in Nashville with Bro. Don Jones officiating under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Little Rock, AR 72202, or the American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, AR 72201.
David Warreise Jefferson
David Warreise Jefferson, age 40, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Nashville,  died Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Maricopa Hospital in Phoenix.
He was born in Tucson, Ariz., the son of David Lee Jefferson and Sharlett L. Williamson Jefferson of Nashville.
He graduated from Nashville High School, and had attended the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Survivors include: his parents; a sister, Tarlette Scott of Crete, Ill.; three brothers, Mark Jefferson of Texarkana, Ark., and Dorell and Morrell Jefferson, both of Nashville.
Funeral services were Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Sixth Street Auditorium in Nashville, with Rev. Floyd Trotter, Pastor of Clear Lake Baptist Church, Wamba, Texas, officiating. Burial followed in Mt Moriah Cemetery at Washington, Ark., with services provided by Brandon’s Mortuary, Inc., Hope, Arkansas
Visitation was Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Brandon’s Mortuary, Inc. , in Hope.
Mary Irene Legate
Mary Irene Legate 81 of Murfreesboro, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at St. Joseph Hospital in Hot Springs.
She was born Nov. 26, 1932 in Kirby, the daughter of the late Theodore McKinnon and Lora White McKinnon.
She was a member of the Saline Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Leslie Hughes and Billy Joe Legate; a sister Glendora Lee, and an infant brother.
Survivors include: three sons, Frank Hughes and wife, Betty, of Nathan, Fritz Hughes of Brocktown, Ark.,and John D. Legate and wife, Crystal, of Murfreesboro; a daughter, Frances Hughes Lee and husband, Joey, of Brocktown; two sisters, Fern Snelson and Ruby Sillavan both of Cottonshed; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro. Burial followed in Brocktown Cemetery.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Friday, June 6, 2014, at the funeral home.
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Larry Mitchell Glasgow
Larry Mitchell Glasgow, age 60, of Daingerfield, Texas, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family after a battle with cancer.
Larry was born on Aug. 22, 1953, in Huntington, Ind. He was preceded in death by a baby daughter; his parents, Elmer “Boob” and Pauline Glasgow; his brother, Randall “Eli” Glasgow; and his sister, Stephanie Glasgow.
Larry graduated from Dierks High School and later married Rhonda and moved to Brazoria, Texas, where they lived and raised two children. Larry worked as a Lieutenant at Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Clemens Facility until he retired, and moved to Livingston, Texas, and went back to work at the Polunsky Facility for another five years. Larry was raised Church of Christ, and later attended Baptist Churches. Larry was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. Larry had many friends and loved them and his family very much. He will be forever in our hearts.
He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Vivian Glasgow of Daingerfield, Texas; his son, Mitchell Shane and Karen Glasgow of Magnolia; his daughter, Heather Leigh Glasgow of Daingerfield, Texas; three grandchildren, Michael Shane Glasgow of Dierks, Story Miller of Ft. Drum, N.Y., and Brent Armstrong of Newhope. One brother and sister-in-law, Phillip and Jamie Glasgow of Newhope; four sisters and brothers-in-law; Debra and Jerry Mounts of Dierks, Rhonda and Ronald Hunter of Newhope, Kim and Bill Roberts of Lockesburg, and Stacey and Chuck Clay of Lockesburg; three aunts, Mae Dean Coffman of Bacliff, Texas, Linda Duggan of Dierks and Bonnie Clemens of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters-in-law in Texas, Renee Morrison of Hughes Springs, Texas, and Nancy Irby of Livingston, Texas.
Larry had 19 nieces and nephews and 27 great-nieces and nephews from Newhope;  also, Lacey and Nick Fletcher, their children, Xoe, Shiloh and Conleigh from Daingerfield, Texas; Clifford Morrison from Denton, Texas; and Nele and Becky Morrison, their children Jay, Kylie and Paxton from Hughes Springs, Texas; Jerri Sherrod from Livingston, Texas; her children; Shandee Frazier of College Station, Texas and Benjamin Skylar Frazier of Tarkington, Texas; Angela and Nick Kelly, and their son, Roc, from Little Rock.
Larry leaves behind many more relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, in the Newhope Church of Christ with Robert Peek officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in the Bissell Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Pallbearers will be Richard Alford, Quinton Burton, Lynn Coffman, Nick Fletcher, Allen Hobbs, Sam Humphries, Robert Maddox, Nele Morrison and Cory Parr.
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Jawan Pearson Gray
Jawan Pearson Gray, 85, of Malvern, died Monday, June 2, 2014, in Nashville.
She was born Oct. 9, 1928 in Magnet Cove, Ark., the daughter of the late Lamberth and Belle Pearson.
She was retired from Sears Roebuck and H&R Block, and was a member and longtime Sunday School Superintendent at Second Baptist Church in Malvern.
She was preceded in death by her brothers Carroll, Alfred and Frank Pearson, and sisters Cornelia Boyd, Lois Townley and Juanita Clardy-Graham.
Survivors include: her son, Mason Gray and wife Elianne, of El Paso, Texas; her daughter, Shirley Wright and husband, Barry, of Nashville; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Second Baptist Church in Malvern, with burial following at Price Cemetery. Visitation was at J.A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern.
Joe Don Faulkner
Joe Don Faulkner, 60, of Pearls, Miss., died June 6, 2014.
He was born July 22, 1953 in Prescott, the son of the late Terrell Faulkner and Fern Lamb Faulkner.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Wayne Faulkner.
Survivors include: two sons, Jerry Faulkner of West Fork, Ark., and James “Backer” Faulkner of Nashville; a brother, Tommy Faulkner of Bullhead City, Ariz.; two sisters, Mary Turner Couch of Nathan and, Janice Hill of Delight; also, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Pleasant Home Cemetery in Murfreesboro under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
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Mine Creek Revelations: Bird Learning

Nearly a third of the food produced by developed countries goes to waste, according to a United Nations institute which studies how to feed a hungry world.
These folks are looking for ways to naturally extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables, and not poison us humans in the process.
Seems to me that more and more people are concerned about what we are doing to the environment with pesticides and other lethal applications.
It is a shame to toss out food if there are hungry people elsewhere.
MY MISTEAKS. Mentioned here recently was a recent UAMS grad, daughter of Dr. John and Patricia Sayre of Nashville. Dr. Catie Ross is no longer that little-bitty girl. She’s married; the mom of two; and she’s beginning her Family Practice medical residency at Jonesboro, July 1.
ALSO, gulp, Gayla Lacefield’s hubby who accidentally locked her out of their house one recent frigid morning, is JACK, not Ray. You also read about that incident here. Maybe I oughta change the name of the column to Mine Creek Errors.
My patio fence now has a frequent bluebird visitor. This brilliantly-colored bird sits on the fence with its back turned to me (when I’m sitting on the patio, birdwatching). Sometimes it has a bug or something in its mouth. I can’t be sure. It never takes seeds out of the birdfeeder because bluebirds apparently prefer live prey — like bugs and worms. But this bluebird does something else: It chases squirrels. It also sometimes chases other birds when they crowd in at the birdfeeder.
I did not know that bluebirds were aggressive until I ‘googled’ the subject.
All of ‘my’ birds have drastically reduced their number of visits since I poured the feeder full of birdseed from a discount store. Not enough sunflower seeds in the mixture, I’m guessing.
My granddaughter took over one of my patio duties, and put out raw, unshelled peanuts for the bluejays  when she visited this past weekend. I don’t know if it makes any difference or not, but I usually loudly call out ‘Bird’ when I put out the peanuts. When I do that the jays immediately begin flying in for their daily dose of peanuts.
I told Carsyn to call out ‘Bird’ to see if they would respond. And they did. About a half-dozen jays immediately swooped in after she poured a big Dixiecup size serving of peanuts on the little patio table where the birds are accustomed to being served.
A few years ago when I first began putting out peanuts, the cardinals would come and watch mournfully as jays took all the nuts. The cardinals would sometimes try to pick up a nut, but their beaks were just too small.
Now, however, they have learned to pick up and carry off peanuts. They have to do it quickly before the jays dominate the serving table.
One male cardinal likes to hide in a Boston fern which hangs on the patio. There’s no nest in the fern. The bird just gets in there under a frond and spies on the humans who are sitting nearby.
My granddaughter is just totally amazed by this community when she visits. This time, we were enjoying a cheeseburger at Center Point when a tall gent ambled over to our table and said “This must be Carsyn. I’ve read about her in the paper.”
Or at the city park where there is a tall maple tree with a sign that proclaims it was planted in her honor. Right beside the tree is a bench dedicated to her Gran.
All that, plus bluejays that swoop in when she calls “Bird,” makes this a magical place in her mind.
Let me repeat my suggestion about your vote in the November General Election. If you see a candidate’s print or television ad, and he or she appears to be running against President Obama or U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, give your support to that candidate’s opponent. I like it when a candidate runs on his or her own qualifications, not capitalizing upon hatred of an officeholder from another state. In virtually every case, a candidate can do nothing to prevent anything or undo anything that Pelosi or Obama can do or have allegedly done. The candidate doesn’t think much of your intelligence.
WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
HE SAID: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean, C&W singer and sausage-maker
SHE SAID: “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” Martha Washington, First Lady

Bee Lesson

Junior beekeeper Codie Jamison (at left) is interviewed and filmed during a presentation about honeybees at the Nashville Demonstration Organic Garden Friday morning at the Howard County Farmers’ Market. Film company Aristotle Inc. was in town shooting a documentary covering the Arkansas Coalition on Obesity Prevention and its project Growing Healthy Communities, a project which Howard County was one of the first in the state to implement.

Physicians to be added at HMH

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Physician recruitment continues to reap rewards for Howard Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Rianot Amzat has signed an offering letter to begin her practice in Nashville in June or July 2015, CEO Debra Wright told the HMH board last week.
She is in the process of reviewing the physician employment agreement, Wright said.
Dr. Amzat is completing her residency in Georgia.
Dr. Syed Javed will open his practice in Nashville later this year. He has accepted an employment offer from HMH and will set up his office in the Medical Office Building on the hospital campus.
Furnishings and equipment have been ordered, and a task force has been selected to set up the practice for Dr. Javed, Wright said.
Dr. Javed is from Pakistan. He completed a family practice program in Toledo and is in London. Wright said he will begin his practice here at some point between September and November.
A third physician, Dr. Mgoz Idilenna Wilkins, has visited Nashville. She is a family practice physician in the AHEC Texarkana residency program, which she will complete in June 2016.
“We’re providing her additional information. We’re really excited about her,” Wright said.
Dr. Amzat and Dr. Javed will join Dr. Brian Oge in the three-office Medical Office Building.
Dr. Wilkins “understands that in order to practice in Nashville, office space will need to be constructed, so I have asked her for as much lead time as possible on her decision,” Wright said.
Another medical office building using the same design as the one which opened last fall could be constructed on the HMH campus if needed for Dr. Wilkins and future physicians.
CT scanner
Stacy Harberson, director of radiology, presented information about upgrading to a 64-slice CT scanner from the current 32-slice. Harberson said the upgrade would mean faster test times and lower doses of radiation to the patient.
The scanner can be personalized for each patient. It is capable of angiography studies and has the option to upgrade to cardiac and neurological studies.
The new unit uses 60 percent less energy than the current model and is lighter weight, according to Harberson.
Board members agreed to move forward with purchasing the new scanner.
Harberson said a mobile scanner will be used to cover the time between removing the old unit and preparing the new one for use.
The new device is expected to be in place by June 30. It will save the hospital about $2,700 per month in payments, compared to the scanner currently in place. “Financially, it’s a good deal. We save nearly $3,000 a month and get upgraded technology,” Harberson said.
Financial report
CFO Bill Craig said Howard Memorial recorded a profit of $4,652 for April. “We had a very good financial month,” Craig said.
The hospital has 128.6 days cash on hand, a record, according to Craig. Days in accounts receivable were 34.4.
“We’re in a very good cash position,” Craig said.
Arkansas’s private option insurance plan is helping HMH, Craig said. “We’re seeing very favorable results from the private option, the emergency room in particular.”
The private option plan has added $52,000 in collectable cash for April. “That’s a significant impact for the hospital,” Craig said.
HMH reported outpatient visits, emergency department visits and surgery cases all running above budget. The average daily census for inpatients was 1.9 patients per day below budget, however.
The board made the following appointments to the medical staff: Dr. Bhavika Albe, emergency room; Dr. Sami Harik, urologist working in telemedicine.
The board reappointed Dr. Kremer Nicholas, radiologist.
Following an executive session, the board approved a raise for Craig and additional vacation days instead of a raise for Wright.


Promoted among NPD ranks

Nashville Police Chief Dale Pierce has announced a promotion of Investigator Amy Marion to Assistant Chief for the department. Marion has been employed with the Nashville department more than 10 years. Prior to working for the city, she was a radio dispatcher and Jail Administrator for the Howard County Sheriff's Department, giving her a total of 19 years of law enforcement experience. Marion began her employment with the Nashville Police Department as a patrol officer and eventually became an investigator, specializing in sex crimes and cases that involved children. Here, Chief Pierce presents Marion her new badge.

Obituaries (Week of June 2)

Chester Young Woodruff
Chester Young Woodruff, 84, of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014 in Nashville. He was born Sept. 28, 1929 in the Center Community, Howard County Ark., the son of the late Ace James Woodruff and Tava Boatwright Woodruff.
Mr. Woodruff was a deacon and elder for many years at the Sunset Church of Christ.
He was a member of the Arkansas Cattlemans Association, and a farmer, raising cattle and growing peaches.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wallace Woodruff; one sister, Windle Heath; and his son-in-law, Eugene T. Wallis.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Emily Joyce Anderson Woodruff; one son, Tony R. Woodruff and wife, Nita of Searcy, Ark.; one daughter, Deborah Kaye Wallis of Nashville; five grandchildren, Matthew Heath Wallis and wife, Leanne of Nashville, Anthony J. Woodruff and wife, Melissa of Scottsdale, Ariz., Benjamin Chess Wallis and wife, Linzi of Nashville, Daniel Young Woodruff and wife, Jordan of Greensboro, N.C., and Jonathan C. Woodruff of Knoxville, Tenn.; thirteen great-grandchildren, Littleton Young Woodruff, Samuel C. Woodruff, Sullivan H. Woodruff, Bishop H. Woodruff, William Young Woodruff, Isaac W. Woodruff, Maggie Kate Woodruff, Emily Ann Wallis, John Benjamin Wallis, Ellison Rose Wallis, Luke Hawkins Wallis, Emory Kaye Wallis, and Eden Joyce Wallis. He also had many special nieces and nephews.
Services will be on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville. Burial to follow at Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home, Nashville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southern Christian Home, 100 West Harding St., Morrilton, AR, 72110; or the Children’s Home’s. Inc., 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR, 72450
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Bonnie Ray Gossage Boland
Bonnie Ray Gossage Boland, 78, of Dierks, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014.
She was born Oct. 11, 1935 in Steve, Ark., the daughter of the late Pat William and Grace Saunders Gossage. She was a retired nurse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Boland; three brothers, Sam Gossage, Pat Gossage and James Edward Gossage; and two sisters, Inez Allen and Norma Joyce Gossage.
Survivors include: a brother, Calvin W. Gossage of Hot Springs.
Graveside services were at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Shed Cemetery in Steve, Ark., with David Smith officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at the funeral home in Dierks.
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Robert ‘Bob’ Carver
Robert “Bob” Carver, 78, of Mena, formerly of Nashville, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at his home.
For nine years in the 1960s he owned and operated an LP gas business in Nashville before becoming an automobile dealer in Mena. He was widely known as a football ‘spotter’ for Razorback game broadcasts. Among other institutions, he served on the War Memorial Stadium Commission for 36 years. He was in the Army National Guard for 23 years.
He is survived by four brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were Friday, May 30, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Interment followed in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Rosemary Ellen Coates Jacques
Rosemary Ellen Coates Jacques, 68, of Nashville, died May 27, 2014.
She was born April 14, 1946 in Canon City, Colo., to Jack and Ellen Coates.
Survivors include: her husband, David L. Jacques; a son, Shawn D. Jacques; a stepdaughter, Julie K. Jacques Kim; a brother, Gary W. Coates; also, grandchildren.
There will be no funeral service.
Jim L. Reed
Jim L. Reed, 96, of Dierks, died Sunday, June 1, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Dec. 4, 1917 in Nashville, the son of the late Clarence Reed and Mamie Greenhaw Reed.
He was a WWII Army veteran and member of the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie; and two brothers, Delbert Ben Reed and Vestal Reed.
Survivors include: a brother, Wayne Reed of Mt. Carmel, AR; and a sister, Effie Brock of Dierks.
Services were scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Archie Phillips and J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial is to follow in Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Latimer’s chapel in Nashville.
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Lealon E. Dossey
Lealon E. Dossey, 79, of Saratoga, passed away at home on Monday, June 2, 2014 in Saratoga. He was born Sept. 29, 1934, in Mineral Springs, Ark., the son of the late Charles Woodford Dossey and Mary Nesbitt Dossey.
He was a rancher, a veteran of the US Army, and worked at Raytheon Missiles at Red River and at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a member of the Walker Fox Hound Association, Black Brangus Association, and Missouri Fox Trotters Association.  He ran and operated one of the finest fox/coyote pens in the country.  He was a great storyteller with a keen sense of humor and was very well liked and respected throughout the four states community and far beyond.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Clovie Marie Dossey; and one brother, Charlie Dossey, who are buried in Shawnee, Okla. His parents are buried in the Saratoga Cemetery.
Survivors include: two brothers, Clyde Dossey of Fontana, Calif., and D.A. Dossey of Morehead, Ky.; one sister, Thelma Divine, of Shawnee, Okla.; and special friends, the Grays and Jim Martin of Saratoga.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Saratoga Cemetery with Brother A.L. Archer officiating, under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
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Mine Creek Revelations: Ticks, Ticks and More Ticks

CONGRATS to two local scholars who received their medical degrees in the recent UAMS graduation ceremonies.
The grads were: Dr. Catie Sayre, daughter of Dr. John and Patricia Sayre of Nashville; and Dr. Dean Turberville, son of Rick and Debbie Turbeville of Nashville.
Somehow, UAMS did not send a list of grads to “The Leader,” and for that we say “Take two aspirin and see me in the morning if this condition persists.”
The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture is warning us Arkies that there will be a lot of ticks out there this summer.
A guy in Oklahoma died of a tick bite recently. Must’ve been a really big tick. What is significant here is that it happened in Oklahoma, just a hop and skip away.
There are six species of ticks in Arkansas, and none of them can call the Hogs. Just joking. But not joking about there being six species of ticks.
I thought we had just one kind. The one with a white spot on its back. The kind that can give you Tick Fever.
The Arkansas species are Lone Star Tick, American Dog Tick, Blacklegged Tick, Winter Tick, Gulf Coast Tick and the Brown Dog Tick. One way you can tell them apart is that the Gulf Coast Tick has a bikini-shaped mark on its back. The newspaper story made no mention of another tick I’ve heard of: the Seed Tick.
A spokesman for the university told the Associated Press that “winter weather doesn’t kill the insect.”
Did you read that, all of you people who wanted some really, really cold winter weather so that the bugs wouldn’t be so bad this summer? I hope you’re happy. We suffered through some really cold times and it didn’t do one bit of good. I hate cold weather almost as much as I hate ticks.
I do have one good tick story to tell you.
My family hadn’t lived here long. I was probably in the third or fourth grade. My brother, Jim was (and still is) two years younger, so he was probably in the first or second grade.
Our dad wanted to go up to the north end of the county to get a picture of the old resort hotel ruins at Baker Springs. He ordered us to go along for the ride.
A gent everyone called Uncle Jack Manasco met us and walked us in to the site. It was early summer, so Jimmy and I were wearing shorts. Uncle Jack peeled a short supple pine limb from a tree and suggested we do the same.
“You just whip your legs with the pine needles and it’ll keep the ticks off,” he explained.
But NOOOOOO. We were far to smart to do that. We walked in to the ruins. Swampy took his picture.
We walked back to our vehicle, and bade farewell to Uncle Jack.
We didn’t get a half mile down the road from Umpire when Jimmy and I began squirming and crying piteously. What’s wrong with you boys, Swampy asked.
“We’ve got these little brown bugs all over our legs and they’re biting us,” we whined.
Sure enough, we were covered in ticks.
Our dad knew he wasn’t going to be able to drive all the way home with our whining, so he stopped at the next creek crossing and told us to take off our pants and go get in the water.
“But Dad, we can’t,” Jimmy and I moaned together. “There are girls down there in the water.”
 He wouldn’t relent, and so my brother and I stripped to our underwear and quickly ran down to the water. The cool North Howard County creek water helped, and we managed to pick off a couple hundred ticks.
Trying to protect our modesty we ran back up the bank of the creek where our station wagon was parked. Swampy was standing there scratching his legs. I remember that Jimmy and I managed to supress our laughter at seeing his discomfort. We were young and ignorant of ticks, but we weren’t foolish, either.
Somehow we survived the drive back to Nashville. It only seemed like it took two days. And we didn’t get tick fever.
But let me tell you, if you have to walk into the woods this summer be sure to take a pine bough with you. Whip your legs with the pine needles and you’ll be okay.
Let me repeat my suggestion about your vote in the November General Election. If you see a candidate’s tv ad, and he or she appears to be running against President Obama or U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, run to that candidate’s opponent real quick. I like it when a candidate runs on his or her own qualifications, not on   capitalizing upon hatred of an officeholder from another state.
It is a real shame how ‘uncivil’ our poltics has gotten.
WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
HE SAID: “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” Napoleon Bonaparte, emperor of France
SHE SAID: “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” Maya Angelou, poet

Scrapper senior commits to Ole Miss

LaMichael Pettway (#4) in action

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Scrapper senior LaMichael Pettway has verbally committed to play football at Ole Miss.
Pettway announced his commitment Wednesday afternoon after a recruitment process which produced 21 college offers.
Pettway said Ole Miss seemed like the right fit. “I felt close to them. They were the first to offer. I was impressed with the campus and the way they respond to players. It was more welcoming and more like a family than a business.”
Among the schools which made offers or at least showed strong interest in Pettway were Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Arkansas State and Arkansas.
The Razorbacks were a late entry in the process and made a scholarship offer a couple of months ago.
“Arkansas Is a pretty exciting place, too,” Pettway said Thursday morning as he discussed his decision making which resulted in the selection of Ole Miss. “Every campus is exciting. Arkansas is a pretty place.”
Pettway said he isn’t sure if he will redshirt at Ole Miss. “Anything could happen. They’re pretty young,” he said of the Rebels, a factor which could result in immediate playing time.
Pettway said it is likely that he will be a receiver at Ole Miss. “You never know. I’m leaning now toward playing at receiver, but they might move me.”
Pettway’s verbal commitment is non-binding. He has the option to continue looking at other schools.
About 40 schools have shown interest in Pettway, with some of the early contacts going back almost a year.
He made his decision to become a Rebel last Wednesday, “the day before my mom’s birthday. She’s been waiting on my decision. She’s been behind me all the way,” Pettway said.
Scrapper Coach Billy Dawson said he is “not surprised” by Pettway’s commitment to Ole Miss. “It’s a matter of comfort. He’s 17 years old. If he feels comfortable at a school, that’s a big part of the battle. It’s nothing Arkansas did or didn’t do or something Ole Miss did.”
Dawson said it will be “interesting to see if he can contribute immediately. It’s a big jump. The SEC is a different animal. We’ll see how he progresses.”
The Scrappers have seen a steady stream of recruiters on the field at Scrapper Stadium during their two weeks of spring practice. As many as 30 were expected to get a first-hand look at Pettway.
“I like it for the kids. This may open doors for some of others. It’s good for our program and our kids,” Dawson said of the attention from various colleges.

Mack voted in as new Pike County judge

There will a few new faces among Pike County’s elected officials next year following the Preferential Primary Election held last Tuesday.
In the race for Pike County judge, Dewight Mack of Kirby narrowly avoided a run-off election after securing 822 votes (51.89 percent) over Keith Couch of Nathan with 598 votes. A third candidate, John Young of Newhope, received 164 votes.
Mack, 56, served as a member of the Pike County Quorum Court from 2003 to 2007 and is a longtime commissioner with the Arkansas Manufactured Home Commission, serving by appointment from governors Mike Huckabee and Mike Beebe. He is also owner and operator of Trojan Transport and is a director on the North Pike County Rural Water Board.
In the race for Pike County Justice of the Peace District 2 seat, which was held by Rodney Fagan up until last week when he vacated the position, was won by Robbie Crocker of Murfreesboro with 168 votes (72.73 percent) over Donna Riddle of Murfreesboro with 63 votes.
Delight’s JP District 3 incumbent Ricky Buck edged out challenger Randy Abbott by a vote of 98 to 80.
JP District 7’s race saw incumbent Jerry Kizzia defeated by challenger Kenneth Crow by a vote of 123 to 68. Crow will face Republican candidate David Sirmon in the General Election this November.
A run-off election will be needed on Tuesday, June 10 to determine the winner of the race for the Mountain Township Constable, which drew six candidates for the unpaid position. The run-off will be between Algie Wade Coffman and Chris Thompson. Coffman got 177 votes while Thompson received 128. Others in the race included Brent Staggs (41 votes), Don Comeaux (109), Randy Davis (95) and LaVoyce Wilder (121).
Also on the run-off ballot will be the Republican nomination for the office of Arkansas Attorney General between Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling. The winner of the June 10 election will face Democratic State Representative Nate Steel in the General Election.
Pike County voters also sided with the majority of voters in the State Representative District 19 race. Jeremy Ross of Clark County received 891 votes in Pike County while Matt Smith of Howard County received 604 votes. Ross took the overall race by a vote of 2,315 to 2,198.

Howard County Democrats select circuit clerk, sheriff; run-off for GOP

Only persons who used a Republican ballot in the Preferential Primary Election, last Tuesday, can vote in the runoff election on Tuesday, June 10. Early voting begins June 2.
There could be no more than 130 Howard County voters, and they will apparently only be seeing one race — for the party’s nomination for Attorney General. Either Leslie Rutledge or David Sterling, who carried Howard County, will face Nashville native Nate Steel in the November General Election.
On the Democratic ballot, voters chose a sheriff, a circuit clerk, and two justices of the peace in local races, and supported a home county candidate in his losing race for the State Legislature.
Howard County’s Chief Deputy Bryan McJunkins handily outpolled Nashville Police Chief Dale Pierce in their race for sheriff. McJunkins won all 35 precincts including absentee and early voting as he swept to a 2,091-544 win.
In the race for circuit clerk, chief deputy Angie Lewis defeated former Sevier Circuit Clerk Laurie Westfall by 1,752-855.
In the race for the District 19 seat in the Arkansas General Assembly, Howard County gave Nashville’s Matt Smith a 460-vote margin, but Jeremy Ross of Hollywood won the race by a 117-vote margin. Precincts in Howard, Pike, Clark and Hempstead counties voted in the race. Ross will have a Republican challenger in November.
There were two races for seats on the nine-member quorum court, and both races were won by incumbents. Former county sheriff Dick Wakefield won the race for the Central District, defeating Nashville school teacher Kimberly R. Adams-Dunham by 260-104. In the Southwest District which includes Mineral Springs, incumbent Jeanie Gorham defeated ‘Nashville News’ employee D.E. Ray by 160-120.
Former U.S. Congressman Mike Ross, who is also a former state legislator, outpolled his opponent easily in Howard County as he swept to the party’s nomination for the governor’s office.

Howard County Circuit Court

Four persons pleaded not guilty or not true, Wednesday, during the regular day for criminal court in Howard County.
On the bench was Judge Tom Cooper.
The not true plea was by Alan Arce-Gonzalez, 20, Hispanic male, #5 Julia Circle, charged with failure to meet the terms of his probation on a conviction for possession of methamphetamine, a class D felony. His probation trial will be August 27, with an interpreter present. He will be represented by the public defender.
Four not guilty pleas were given, and trial dates were set.
Will Arthur McDonald, Jr., 50, black male, 201 Lee, Mineral Springs, is charged with class C felony failure to comply with registration requirements for sex offenders. He will be represented by the public defender, and pretrial motions will be heard July 30.
Rachel Whitson, 39, white female, Nashville, will have a trial date of September 9 on a class C felony charge of violation of the Arkansas Hot Check law. She will be represented by the public defender.
A not guilty plea was given by John M. Murphy, 45, white male, 962 Row Road, Murfreesboro, who is charged with class D felony possession of a controlled substance, Schedule II drugs. A trial date of August 19 was set.
One person made her first appearance before the judge and will return May 28 for formal arraignment.

Scrappers wrap up spring practice

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Spring football for the Nashville Scrappers will wrap up this week.
Practice began May 19 and will continue through the spring game Thursday at 10 a.m. at Scrapper Stadium. In case of rain, the spring game will move to the Scrapper Dome.
“It’s going fine,” Coach Billy Dawson said of practice so far.
“We have a new defensive scheme with new terminology. It’s been pretty smooth. Brad [Chesshir] has done a good job of implementing it,” Dawson said.
“Offensively, we’ve tweaked a few things. We’ll look a little different.”
Dawson wants to “establish a mentality that we’ve been missing the last couple of years. We’re trying to get back to old physical Scrapper football. I think we’ve missed that.”
After last week’s practice, “The players are learning. They’re tired with school winding down. They’ve done okay,” according to Dawson.
College scouts looking at Scrapper senior LaMichael Pettway will attend practice again this week. As many as 30 were expected to show up in Nashville during the two weeks of spring practice.
“This is the last week that they can come,” Dawson said.
After spring practice is over, the team will work in the weight room. The Scrappers will host team camp Friday, June 6. They will attend team camp in Magnolia June 10 and another team camp at Ouachita Baptist University June 12.
The team will compete in a 7-on-7 tournament June 13 at Hope.
The Arkansas Activities Association’s two-week “dead period” will be June 22-July 5.
The Scrappers will host 7-on-7 July 7, 14, 16 and 21. They will compete in 7-on-7 at Magnolia July 9 and 23.
Fall practice begins Monday, Aug. 4.
Media Day will be at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 16.
The Back-to-School Bash will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 22.
Nashville and El Dorado will scrimmage at Southern Arkansas University at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28.
The season will open Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Hope.

Scrapper Sports Banquet

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Two seniors received the top awards at the Scrapper Sports Banquet May 21 at the elementary school cafeteria.
Cameron Alexander received the Scrapper Award, and Kassidy Snowden received the Scrapperette Award.
Alexander lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was All-District 7-4A in all three sports. He received All-State honors in basketball and football and will play in the All-Star football game June 27 at the University of Central Arkansas. Alexander signed a national letter-of-intent to play football at Ouachita Baptist University.
Snowden lettered in basketball and track. She was All-District 7-4A in basketball and All-State in track. She won the triple jump at the state Class 4A meet and finished 12th in the state Heptathlon.
Athletic Director James “Bunch” Nichols and Coach Billy Dawson presented the awards at the conclusion of the banquet, which recognized participants in golf, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, track and cheerleading.
The Scrapper cheerleaders received their state championship rings during the banquet. They won the state Class 4A cheerleading championship in December at Hot Springs. Coach Susan Renfrow introduced the squad. She will coach the West All-Star cheerleaders at the All-Star football game June 27. Emily Herzog is a member of the West squad.
Award presentations during the evening included the following:
Coach Damon Williams, tennis – Boys Outstanding Doubles, Andy Graves and Alex Perrin; Boys Outstanding Singles, Robbie Morphew; Boys Most Improved, Matthew Carver; Boys All-District, Andy Graves and Alex Perrin; Boys All-State, Andy Graves and Alex Perrin; Girls Outstanding Doubles, Brittany Backus and McKenzie Morphew; Girls Outstanding Singles, Jana Copeland; Girls Most Improved, Klaire Howard; Girls All-District, Jana Copeland; Girls All-State, Jana Copeland.
Coach Aaron Worthen presented golf awards for Coach Tony Horn. They include Girls Most Improved, Rachel Dawson; Boys Most Improved, Josh Reeves; Girls All-District, Adley Kirchhoff; Boys All-District, Luke Dawson.
Coach Rick Baker, boys track – Outstanding Sprinter, Jalen Jones; Most Improved, LT Muldrow; Outstanding Thrower, Rashon Lee; Outstanding Runner, Eric Perez; Leadership, Braden Bowman and Jackson Beavert; All-State, Eric Perez; Joe Goodrum Track Award, Eric Perez.
Coach Buster Bonner, girls track – Outstanding Sprinter, Kassidy Snowden; Outstanding Distance Runner, Elise Van der Slikke; Outstanding jumper, Kassidy Snowden; Outstanding Thrower, Lacie Grace; All-State, Kassidy Snowden; Betty Floyd Track Award, Kassidy Snowden. Bonner is retiring at the end of the year. “I want to thank everybody, especially the staff and the athletes,” he said. “It’s been a great ride. I’ve enjoyed it.”
Coach Buster Bonner, girls basketball – Offensive Player, Kassidy Snowden; Defensive Player, Kassidy Snowden; Steals Award, Kassidy Snowden; Rebound Award, Timya Sanders; Assist Award, Kassidy Snowden; Free Throw Award, Shayla Wright; Newcomer of the Year, Maddi Horton; Hustle Award, KeeKee Richardson; Most Improved – Elise Van der Slikke and Bailey Walls; Sixth Man Team Award, Haley McMurphy; Miss Scrapperette Basketball, Kassidy Snowden; All District 7-4A, Kassidy Snowden.
Coach Damon Williams, boys basketball – Outstanding Defense, Trey Hughes; Most Steals, Brandon Shamrock; Most Rebounds, LaMichael Pettway; Most Assists, LaMichael Pettway; Best Free Throw Percentage, Cameron Alexander; Hustle Award, Jamie Newton; Most Improved, Nashville Senior Boys Basketball Team; All-District First Team, Cameron Alexander; All-District Second Team, Brandon Shamrock; All-District Honorable Mention, LaMichael Pettway; All-State Tournament Team, Cameron Alexander; Ironman Award, Cameron Alexander. Williams presented the Most Improved Award to the entire team because of the Scrappers’ turnaround, which saw the squad advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1963. The Scrappers made it to the Class 4A semifinals, defeating top-ranked Maumelle along the way.
Coach Paul Ernest, softball – Outstanding PItcher, Anna Kesterson; Outstanding Outfielder, Shayla Wright; Outstanding Infielder, Avery Kesterson; Outstanding Offense, Keeley Miller; Hustle Award, Kathleen Lance; Most Improved, Brittany Hilliard; Second Team All-District 7-4A, Alyssa Harrison, Kynnedi Gordon, Mattie Jamison, Kaylea Carver and Hannah White; First Team All-District 7-4A, Kathleen Lance, Keeley Miller, Avery Kesterson, Shayla Wright and Anna Kesterson; All-State, Keeley Miller, Avery Kesterson and Kathleen Lance, All-Star Nominee, Keeley Miller; Junior Classic, Mattie Jamison; Caitlin Spradlin Spirit of the Game Award, Kathleen Lance.
Coach Kyle Slayton, baseball – Newcomer of the Year, Zach Jamison; Most Improved, Ty Whitworth; Offensive Player of the Year, Nick Myers; Defensive Player of the Year, Cameron Alexander; Team Players, Blake Hockaday and Storm Nichols; Pitchers of the Year, Justin Reed and Alex Curry; Most Valuable Player, Alex Curry; Brad Byers Memorial Scholarship, Alex Curry; First Team All-District 7-4A, Nick Myers, Cameron Alexander, Alex Curry; Second Team All-District 7-4A, Justin Reed; Class 4A State Tournament Team, Alex Curry; Xtra Innings All-Star, Nick Myers.

Back on ‘The Hill’ – Former Scrapper takes rein as defensive coordinator

Coach Brad Chesshir

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
In December 2006, Brad Chesshir was a senior defensive standout for the Nashville Scrappers. He received All-District and All-State honors and was named Lineman of the Year. He was chosen to play in the Arkansas All-Star Football Game at Fayetteville.
Today, Chesshir is the new defensive coordinator for the Scrappers. He was named to the position in April and quickly made his presence felt.
Chesshir is a 2007 graduate of Nashville High School. He played for the Scrappers from 2004-06 and was a member of the 2005 and 2006 state championship teams. “Those were good times,” Chesshir said.
Chesshir played college ball at Southeast Oklahoma State, where he started at linebacker all four years. “We lost more games in four weeks than my whole high school career,” he said. Chesshir’s Scrapper teams won 41 straight games.
Chesshir met his wife Phylicia while they were in college. “She’s excited to be part of the Scrapper family,” Chesshir said. “She’s from Oklahoma. I want to introduce her to Arkansas.”
The Chesshirs spent the holiday weekend moving from Louisiana to Nashville.
Chesshir majored in health and p.e. After graduating, he spent a year at Southeast as a graduate assistant, coaching the secondary.
From there, Chesshir became defensive coordinator at a high school in Alexandria, La. The past year, he was head coach at Alexandria, where he was joined by a former teammate, A.J. Whitmore, as running backs coach.
Chesshir didn’t hesitate when he had the chance to return to “The Hill.”
“I tell the kids, ‘If you want to be successful, surround yourself with good people, people with the same goals and mindset you have,’” Chesshir said. “What better way than with the community of Nashville and the Nashville Scrappers. I wanted back with that tradition. I want to help carry on that tradition and build on it.”
Coach Billy Dawson said Chesshir “coaches much like he played – with energy and passion. I think the kids have enjoyed the return of the Pumpkinhead Defense with one of the great Pumpkinheads himself. Brad will be an asset not only on the field and in the weight room, but he is a guy that will be an asset to our community. Coaching is more than x’s and o’s. It’s about relationships and people, and Coach Chesshir excels in that area. I’m glad he is here.”
Now that he’s helping coach the team on which he once played, Chesshir said his role is different. “My goal is to coach with more energy than I played with. My job is to motivate kids to be their best and give them an opportunity to be successful. These kids know who they play for. I continue to remind them who they are. They’re playing for the ones who played before them,” Chesshir said.
“They understand Scrapper pride and tradition. They’re excited and eager to reach that level of success,” Chesshir said.
Spring practice began May 19 and continues through this Thursday. After the first week, Chesshir said he was “pleased with the effort and attitude on defense and the whole team. They’re flying around having fun. They’re getting better every single day.”
As he works with his former head coach and with Coach Brian Bearden, who was on staff during his playing days, Chesshir said there is “no better way to learn than to work under some of the best coaches. I’m truly blessed. We have a great staff.”
One of Chesshir’s former teammates is also coaching, although on the other side of the line. Offensive line coach D.J. Graham was a Scrapper during Chesshir’s days in uniform. “It’s good to be back with a buddy that I played with. Now we’re coaching the same team,” Chesshir said.
As the Scrapper Countdown hits Day 100, Chesshir said he is “excited for the opportunity to work with a great group of coaches, a great group of guys. I’m looking forward to the season. I want to motivate our kids to be the their best every single day and be successful this year.”

Math teacher steps down after 30 years in classroom

Becky Reeder

By Molly Freel
Leader staff
Becky Reeder has been a teacher for the Nashville School District for the last 30 years. Reeder’s teaching career began in Delight, Ark., teaching third grade and self-contained classes.
After three years, she moved her teaching talents to Nashville where she began teaching primary and elementary kids. Between tutoring and teaching in a classroom, Reeder has taught all grades except for first and second. She is retiring at the end of this academic year.
Reeder’s love for math was shown at an early age. As a young girl she would make up algebra problems on her own to solve in her spare time.
Her love for math was also carried out by being one of the first groups of teachers to get their masters degrees with a math emphasis in 2003 from Southern Arkansas University.
Reeder began teaching because her family needed a steady income. She originally just wanted to be a stay-home mother but knew if she had to work she wanted to be a teacher.
Even at the age of 16, when she began to teach a Sunday School class, she knew that she would love doing something like that for her career. At such a young age she got to see herself making a difference in kids’ lives. She continued to do that throughout her years of teaching.
Reeder says that her favorite part of being a teacher is getting to see that “glow” on a kid’s face when he or she finally understands something for the first time.
Reeder will be retiring this year after 33 years of teaching children. She says that the things she will miss the most are getting to see the kids everyday, and getting to do so much math.
She is looking forward to more family time and continuing her love of teaching through her Sunday School class.

Mine Creek Revelations: Meteor shower disappointment

GREETINGS. How many visitors to our city park, last Saturday, realized that they were being greeted at the gate by a state senator? Larry Teague and Budd Dunson were ‘manning’ the front gate as volunteers from Howard County Search and Rescue.
BUMMER. That ‘great’ meteor storm we were going to experience Friday night and early Saturday morning was a real disappointment.
No one knew whether or not it’d be worth staying up for, because the Earth had never before gone through the debris trail of this particular comet. One online skywatching site even gushed that we might see as many as 1,000 shooting stars per hour.
Sure got my hopes up.
I went out to my patio chair at 12:49 and stayed until 1:30. Not one shooting star.
None, nyet, nada, nein, nolo.
Went back out at 2:30, 3:49 and 5:03, and the sky was overcast each time.
So, I did not see one meteor. Remember, if it strikes the ground it’s a meteorite; otherwise, it’s a meteor.
This summer daughter Julie and I are taking Miss Carsyn Elizabeth Murphy (who will be 11 in early July) to see the Grand Canyon. But, we are going by way of Meteor Crater in northern Arizona because Julie and I went there four years ago and were just flabbergasted by the place. We want Carsyn to see it.
But, as our rim walk guide told us when we were there before, the place could more correctly be called “Meteorite Crater” because it struck the ground. And, boy, did it ever! The crater is two miles around and one mile across. The ‘tour’ takes you out 1/4 mile along the rim on a narrow trail. There’s a fragment of the original meteorite on dispay in the lobby of the Meteor Crater gift shop which is perched on the rim of the crater. The piece of sky debris is about twice the size of a bushel basket, but it weighs a ton because of its dense metallic make-up.
If you are ever anywhere near, by all means go to Meteor Crater. And take the tour. It’s free, but it’s a challenging walk.
If you can make yourself look away from the bottom of the crater, you can see snowclad mountains in the far distance. That is Arizona for you.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. Seen in my neighborhood recently by reliable informants — a white skunk. On my morning walk recently I did see one that was mostly white, but do not think it was albino. Let me tell you, this skunk smelled like every other skunk I’ve had the misfortune to experience.
Remember the rule: If you see a skunk, assume it is rabid.
I bought a sack of birdseed on sale at our local big discount store. The birds won’t touch it. The feeder has been full for three or four full days. Normally I have to fill it every other day.
The content of this particular sack of birdseed includes practically zero sunflower seeds which seem to be the birds’ favorite.
Also seen in neighborhood recently — by one of those crazy people who get up in the middle of the night and go for a 5-mile run — a Momma fox and her kits. Jeremy Mounts said that one kit got separated from Mom as he approached the group out on a road near the football styadium. The kit ran to bushes on the other side of the road.
Tommy asked himself if he was brave enough to run between Momma fox and her baby.
But he was going too fast to slow down, apparently, so he just sucked it up and ran between them without being attacked.
ARKANSAS’S #1 GREEN THUMB. Attention gardeners: Mark calendars for Tuesday, July 15, when horticulture specialist Janet Carson will be in town to give a FREE program on “Continuous Color All Summer Long.”
Janet is practically a TV star and a newspaper columnist legend because she shares interesting information on gardening.
The program will be at 10 a.m. at the Extension Homemakers Club Center on Second Street in Nashville, and the public is invited.
Our town’s Tim Freel, administrator out at the Howard County Children’s Center, serves on the board of directors of a state agency which looks for ways to market recycled materials. Recycling is a win-win situation.
Tim sez that roofing shingles can comprise up to 3% of ‘hot mix asphalt’ material.
Because we had that bad hailstorm here, recently, some company oughta be able to find the Mother Lode of roofing shingles, juuuuust slightly tenderized by the falling chunks of ice.
Remember, when you take your aluminum cans, cardboard, old paper and office trash, and plastic out to the HCCC recycling center, you not only keep this stuff out of our landfills, you also help the HCCC make a little money to serve their clients.
WITTY AND WISE STUFF FROM my friend out Corinth way: Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
HE SAID: “”If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” Thomas Aquinas, theologian
SHE SAID: “Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.” Margaret Walker, African-American poet

Obituaries (Week of May 26)

Charlie Hitt
Charlie Hitt, 78 of Mineral Springs, died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at his home.
He was born Dec. 29, 1935 in Kelso, Ark., to the late William David and Patsy Myrtle Barnes Hitt.
He was a retired veteran of more than 23 years, having served in the Marines, the Navy and the Army.
He was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death were a daughter, Laurel Susan Hitt, and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include: three daughters, Melissa Gibson of Nashville, Andrea Barton of Nashville and Darla Neely of Springhill; three brothers, Buddy Hitt of Mississippi, Curtis Hitt of Hot Springs Village, and Tommy Hitt of Mt. Home, Ark.; also, five grandchildren.
Services were scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Maranatha Baptist Church with Bro. Bruce Short officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Visitation was Tuesday night from 6-8.
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Jack Green
Jack Green, 73 of McCaskill, died Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Hot Springs.
He was born Aug. 4, 1940 in Padacah, Texas, to the late J. Dee Green and Estella Marrs.
He was a member of Garrett Memorial Baptist Church in Hope, a US Navy veteran and a retired poultry farmer.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Ann Ward Green.
Survivors include: his wife of 13 years, Judy Green of McCaskill; sons, Terry “Bud” Green and wife, Susan, of Little Rock, Mark Middleton and wife, Betty, and John Middleton and wife, Stacy, all of Nashville; daughters, Cindy Sullivan and husband, Keith, of Hope, and Mindy Crews of Emmet; a brother, Bob Green of Rotan, Texas; two sisters, Pat Lucas and Kyreta Kemp both of Waco, Texas; also grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home.
A funeral service was scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Chapel, Bro. Terry Evans officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

‘Real world’ is next for Nashville class of 2014

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Although the venue was different, the event it self was much the same – steeped in tradition that go back centuries.
From the processional until the words of the “Alma Mater,” Nashville High School’s graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon was filled with the pomp and circumstance which have characterized countless commencement programs. At the same time, it marked a step into the future.
The setting was the difference – Scrapper Arena. The 1,800-seat facility was filled way above capacity as family, friends and school officials gathered for the Class of 2014’s sendoff.
Weeks of planning were concluded shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday, when valedictorian Alex Kwok and salutatorian Abby Herzog led the 125 seniors from the arena’s southeast tunnel, down the length of the court and into their seats.
“I’m awfully proud of the first year to have graduation in the arena,” Superintendent Doug Graham said. “I’ve heard lots of guesses about the size of the crowd,” with some ranging as high as 2,500. Senior and 200 graduation-goers were seated on the arena floor, with most of the seats in the stands filled and hundreds standing in the mezzanine.
“We have a few things to tweak to make it even better next year,” Graham said. “The graduates get an ‘A+.’ They were wonderful. My hat is off to all who made it happen,” Graham said.
Luke Dawson gave the invocation after the graduates made their entrance. Kathleen Lance presented the welcome, followed by Eric Perez with the Spanish translation.
Salutatorian Herzog and valedictorian Kwok continued tradition with their speeches.
“It is an honor to represent the graduating class of 2014 here this afternoon,” Herzog said. “We are where we are because of the guidance and help from the people that surround us every day.”
Herzog thanked coaches, administrators and teachers for their many hours of work and for teaching the graduates to “strive to be our best in the classroom and also in our everyday lives. To our parents: Thank you for putting up with so much throughout school and especially in our crazy teenage years. What we have learned from you, we will take with us as we begin the next stage of our lives.” She also thanked the community for being “so supportive.”
Herzog said that she had wanted to graduate in the top two since the sixth grade. She said the graduates have “all set goals and dreams for ourselves” in and out of the classroom.
School helped prepare the graduates to “face challenges that may occur along the way. If we can get through long two-a-day practices with Coach Dawson, endless numbers of math problems for homework, courtesy of Mrs. Tollett, reading 20 books before the end of the semester with just a little bit of help from Spark Notes for Mrs. Jones, starting assignments we put off until the very last minute … we can take what all these experiences have taught us and use them to make a difference in our futures.”
As the graduates move on, “I know one thing that will always be true to me and probably to many of you here today; Once a Scrapper, always a Scrapper,” Herzog said.
Kwok said the graduates “celebrate our entrance into the ‘real world,’ a place we have come to believe is the birthplace from which nightmares emerge. Right? Every adult … will say that they miss their childhood, that the would give anything to go back, that the world is full of crooks and thieves who will stab you in the back given the smallest of opportunities.
Time has flown by, Kwok said. “It hit me just last week that never again will I play my trumpet for the Nashville Scrapper band, never will I walk the halls of Nashville High as a student, never will enjoy the sarcastic ramblings of a certain physics teacher who stall remain nameless. To quote one of my favorite television shows, ‘I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.’”
Time moves on, Kwok said, “regardless of our attempts to slow it down. Therefore, we must move on as well.”
Kwok urged the graduates  to not “lose sight of the strong moral and ethical values instilled in you by your parents and teachers.”
Although it may seem like there is no place in the real world for Southern hospitality, Kwok told the graduates not to lose it. “Don’t let the real world wash away your sense of right and wrong for a mere dollar.”
Kwok thanked the community, teachers, Nashville band program, parents and family. He also said, “To my bros, thank you for being my friends. Thank you for wonderful memories I’ll carry with me for a lifetime. And to the class of 2014, you, and I sincerely mean this in every sense of the word, were absolutely fantastic. I will always remember this time, where I had the privilege of being your classmate.”
Counselor Kelli Webb said the senior class received more than $1.5 million in scholarships, including almost $109,000 in local scholarships
Aleshia Erwin delivered the faculty charge to the graduates.
Principal Tate Gordon, Assistant Principal Kim Slayton, and school board president Mark Canaday presented diplomas.
Cornell Hawkins gave the benediction, which was followed by the “Alma Mater” and the presentation of the 2014 graduating class by Gordon, whose daughter Kynnedi was among the graduates.
Members of the senior class are Jeffrey Cameron Alexander, Chance Thomas Allen, Ricardo Demartez Baltazar, Anthony Waylon Bates, Ta’Nika Darshae Benson, Bradley Michael Bevill, Braden Clark Bowman, Carrie Nichole Bradford, Clarissa Michelle Brizo, William Carl-Ramsey Butcher, Denis Canales, Olivia Cee Cannon, Katherine Aracely Carballo, Dylan Todd Chambers, Kiana Ann Christopher, Xavier Ryan Claiborne, Amber Nicole Collins, Lindsey Taylor Colston, Aubrie Marie Combs, Jana Lynn Copeland, Lindsay Michaela Coulter, Alex Ray Curry, Luke Thomas Dawson, Corey Dean, Walter Edward Dean, Alexis Diaz, Kelly Danielle Fatherree, Joyce Judit Flores, Sasha Mahlik Ford, Jarrah Michelle Furr, Lydia Marie Gaddis, Kaylee Nicole Gaddy, Jailon Montre Gamble, Jennifer Rosalynn Gamble, Oscar Garcia.
Rashad Darnell Garland, Tracey Maurene Gathright, Brittney Nicole Gilbert, Chantel Marie Gilliam, Sacramento Luis Jake Gonzalez, Kynnedi Lynn Gordon, Lacie Kendall Grace, Andrew Michael Graves, Elizabeth Kiann Green, John David Griffin, Chiquiah Monik Harris, Cornell Edward Hawkins, Senorina Hernande Torres, Cynthia Karina Herrera, Abigail Elizabeth Herzog, Emily Catherine Herzog, William Taylor Hilliard, Blake Ryan Hockaday, Breunna Keshae Hopson, Sara Nicole Hosey, Sydney Alexandra Hughes, Lauren Jean Ince, Johnathan Blake Jacoby, Jayla Rose Jacques, Breona Lachae Jefferson, Cason Thomas Johnson, Destiny Shi-Keyus Johnson, Kathleen Grace Jones, Avery Christine Kesterson, Alexander Sui Kwok, Kathleen Grace Lance, Kyler Scott Lawrence, Rashon Dewayne Lee, Haley Marie Lingo, Victoria Rose Littlefield, Jakeb Ross Lockeby, Gerson Eduardo Magana, Irene Martinez.
Oliver Alex Martinez, Braiden James McAnelly, DeQuan McGraw, Joseph Mykall McLaughlin, Brittany Alexander Middleton, Keeley McKenzie Miller, Gregory Isaiah Morris, Isaiah Mark Motta, Marvin Travone Muldrow, Cynthia Cheyenne Murphy, Iesha Sharel Neal, Jamie D’Angelo Ishmael Newton, John Van Nguyen, Dalton Storm Nichols, Shavonte De’Shun Norvell, Chelsea Marie Judy Osolinski, Tyler Austin Parker, Eric Dale Perez, David Alex Perrin, Steven Pineda, Alejandra Ramirez Velasquez, Joshua Rauch, Justin Len Reed, Weslie Paul Reich, Jamecia Donte Robinson, Doraliz Cantero Rodriguez, Clifton Jarrett Rogers, Elideth Soledad Rosas, Kersty Breeann Ross, Mar’Quaviouse Deante Rowe, Logan Daniel Sanders, Sydney Diane Schooley, Brandon Alexander Shamrock, Katelyn Brooke Smith, Kory Anthony Shodgrass, Kassidy Shandrae Snowden, Kenyon Fisher Taylor, Taylor Duane Teague.
Zachary Tyler Tollett, Sergio Ivan Torres-Gallardo, Chad Matthew-Duncan Tucker, Asher Jacob Walker, Treveeon Dezquan Walker, Katelyn Rae Wall, Morgan Danielle Ward, Abaca Jean Westbrook, Julie Lynn White, Thomas Dwayne Whitworth, Abby Elizabeth Williams, LaCambria Shai’Dai Williams, Kayla Alyse Wilson, Quenya Khadijah Witherspoon, Mashayla Danielle Wright and Cynthia Isabel Zufiga.


Contractor, architect seek to lower Phase 4 costs

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School District continues to work with Architecture Plus and Crawford Construction to reduce the cost of Phase 4 of the facilities improvement project.
Phase 4 includes enclosing the NHS courtyard and constructing a cafeteria and commons area.
The project remains about $400,000 over budget, Superintendent Doug Graham told the school board Monday night. Graham had hoped to have a recommendation to the board during the meeting, but the cost control effort led to a postponement.
“I’ve been in daily conversations with [architect] Craig Boone and Crawford,” Graham said.
The school district has about $2 million for Phase 4, and the state will provide about $1.1 million in partnership funds, setting up the $400,000 difference with bids running about $3.5 million.
Graham, Boone and Crawford Construction have developed several revised plans carrying a smaller price tag, and Graham presented them Monday night.
The current cafeteria is about 2,000 square feet, Graham said. The new one will include about 6,000 square feet, making it the largest in the district, according to Graham. A stage in the cafeteria remains in the plans, Graham said.
No date has been set to finalize the project or to begin construction.
Graham discussed other facilities-related matters at Monday night’s meeting. He said FEMA contacted him and said that “money is available to give to someone for safe rooms. They noticed that we had applied about two years ago and asked us to reapply. At the time, we asked for $3.2 million to provide four safe rooms, one on each campus,” Graham said.
If the money is approved, FEMA would pay 75 percent of the $3.2 million, with the district paying 25 percent. “Two or three years ago, there was no FEMA money. Now, they’ve contacted us and said we need to apply We got the paperwork refiled,” Graham said.
Approval would mean the district would have to decide how to raise the 25 percent, or $800,000. No timetable was set for FEMA to announce if it will provide any funding.
Also related to facilities, Graham said the district’s masterplan included applying for two classrooms at primary two years ago for construction in 2013-15.
The rooms would be about 850 square feet each and could cost around $238,000 for both of them. The state would pay 53 percent, with 47 percent from the district.
“We’re a month away from that decision. Unless we see we have to build them soon for enrollment numbers, I would rather do Phase 4 first,” Graham said.
He added that the best possible situation would be for FEMA to approve the safe rooms and utilize available funds to combine a safe room with one of the primary class rooms.
In other business, Assistant Superintendent Joe Kell said the district’s accreditation report from the Arkansas Department of Education shows that the district is fully accredited.
Junior high and high school were cited for having teachers on the additional licensure plan. “It’s the state department’s way of reminding you to be sure those teachers get licensed within three years,” Kell said.
Graham said the district is in “good shape” and will have the licensure issues dealt with during the allotted time.
The board approved a 3 percent across-the-board raise for all classified personnel except bus drivers. Their raise will be dealt with in the June meeting.
With the raise, the district will pay more than the current minimum wage of $8.26 per hour for school employees, Graham said.
The board took care of five personnel positions and hired the following:
Zack Winton, technology assistant to Bryce Petty.
Liz Bullock, junior high art. She currently teaches at Arkansas High in Texarkana.
Jala’vett Washington, primary school custodian.
High school counselor Kelli Webb transferred to an elementary school teaching position.
Crystal Evans, middle school counselor at Bauxite, was hired to succeed Webb as high school counselor.
The board accepted resignations from elementary teacher Karen Terrell and bus driver Richard Dyer.

PRCC field tested in Nashville

By Molly Freel
Leader Staff
For almost the last 10 years Arkansas has tested primary through high school students with the Benchmark exam. This year along with the Benchmark, a select few students got to try out a new test that the state is considering to take the place of Benchmark exams.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test was given to a select number of fifth and sixth graders from elementary school, eighth and ninth grade students from the junior high, and tenth grade students from the high school.
The Arkansas State Education Department gave all of the state’s schools the option this year on whether or not to take the test. According to Joe Kell, assistant superintendent of Nashville Schools, 95% of all schools decided to take the test this year along with the Benchmark in order to let the students get a feel for it.
These questions are supposed to be on a higher thinking level than those on the Benchmark. Instead of more factual questions the state is trying to design this test so that students have to think, analyze, and apply the skills that they have been learning over the year to answer the questions.
The test itself focuses on mathematics and language arts. The language arts portion has several reading responses that include science and social studies so that all core subjects have been covered.
Vicky Beene, literacy coach, said the students took the change well and that they adjusted and will continue to do so when the “official” test comes out. Grades 3-11 will be taking it after the trial stage is over. They predict that the test will be given next year.
Students aren’t the only ones who will be affected by this new system of testing. Teachers have always taught by the state’s curriculum and will continue to do so, but with new change comes new challenges. Students’ results from the PARCC testing will begin affecting teacher evaluations within the next two years.
There is still a lot of uncertainty with the new testing system, but after this year’s trial the state should know more and be able to adjust and have it up and ready to begin in place of the Benchmark next year.

Howard County Relay for Life June 6

“We ‘relay’ because every cancer matters,” interim Relay for Life chairman Joanna Howard told the Nashville Rotary Club, last week. She emphasized that the American Cancer Society and the Relay for Life raised funds for and provided services for all types of cancers.
The Howard County Relay for Life will be in the Nashville City Park on Friday, June 6. Many teams will offer food and entertainment in the park with an eye to raise more funds for the Cancer Society. Howard said that 93 cents of every dollar raised goes directly for cancer research and free patient services, and for funds to honor survivors and remember loved ones lost to cancer.
One of the speakers was Janice Ragar who talked about her unique Look Good … Feel Better program which is a free program to teach beauty techniques to female cancer patients to help them combat appearance-related side effects of their cancer treatment.
Her program is one of four in Arkansas. Others are at Little Rock, Texarkana, and El Dorado. She told Rotarians that she learned about the program when she was taking cancer treatment. Through her project, cancer patients get a kit to cope with skin changes and hair loss.
The program is very rewarding, she said, although she noted that a missing participant often means cancer has claimed another victim.
Ragar is a two-time cancer survivor.
Another speaker was Rachael Cooper, a Nashville native, who has battled cancer along with her daughter who was born a cancer-victim.
With the group was Stina Brown of Texarkana who is with the Cancer Society.
Rotary Club president Margi Jenks presided at the meeting.

Vacancy declared for Pike County JP District 2 seat

The Pike County Quorum Court approved a resolution Monday night to declare a vacancy in the District 2 seat.
The seat is being vacated by Rodney Fagan of Murfreesboro, who is being required to resign after moving out of the District 2 jurisdiction. The court will meet on June 16 to fill the vacancy.
Pike County Judge Don Baker recommended the court appoint Jamie Terrell, a Murfreesboro banker and brother of current court member, John Terrell, to serve out the remainder of Fagan’s term. Jamie Terrell has served briefly on the court in the past.
In other business, the court approved Treasurer Loletia Rather’s financial report, which included the following beginning and ending balances for April:
County General
County Road
County Landfill

South Pike County School Board corrects purchasing oversight

By John Balch
Leader staff
The South Pike County School Board took steps last Tuesday to correct an oversight where food and janitorial supplies were being purchased from a company who employs a school employee’s wife.
Superintendent Roger Featherson accepted blame for the situation which involves purchases from Sysco salesperson Cynthia Stone, who is the wife of the district’s maintenance supervisor, Troy Stone. Troy Stone oversees Donald Beshears, who does the ordering for said supplies.
“It’s my fault,” Featherston told the board during its May meeting. “But I did not think that it was a problem because we have been purchasing from (Cynthia Stone) for the last 10 or 11 years.” Troy Stone has been employed at the school for eight years.
“I didn’t think twice about it,” Featherston added.
None of the board members believe anything inappropriate was happening concerning the Sysco purchases, but they did agree it did not need to continue in future. The board approved a purchasing resolution that addressed the issue and will help the district avoid any “audit findings” from the state Department of Education.
Also last week, the board heard a report from Elementary Principal Tanya Wilcher concerning the iPad pilot program currently underway with fifth and sixth graders on the Murfreesboro campus.
Wilcher said she was very pleased with the program, which is a three-year lease program for 120-130 of the electronic devices. She added that next school year she would like to “start moving it down” to the younger students and find more funding to expand the program.
In other business following a closed executive session of more than one hour, the board accepted the resignations of Kathy Stafford, who has worked with the district for 37 years, and Re’ Wilson, a high school special education teacher with the district for three years.
The board also voted to hire Stephanie Cross as high school English teacher, Karen Terrell as a teacher at the Delight Elementary School and Terrell Davis as high school counselor.
The board also made contract addendum for three employees who did extra work with students on credit recovery. The teachers included Melissa Jones and Alma Barnes, who both received $200, and Megan Bonner, who received $100.

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.