Area football scores, next opponents

The Nashville Scrappers beat Ashdown, 31-15, last Friday and will travel to Mena tonight (Oct. 24)
The Murfreesboro Rattlers beat the Mineral Springs Hornets, 46-26, for a homecoming win and will host the Spring Hill Bears tonight (Oct. 24)
The Mineral Springs Hornets will host the Foreman Gators tonight (Oct. 24) for a homecoming match.


Pinked Out at Mine Creek Health & Rehab

PINK OUT DAY FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. At Mine Creek Health & Rehab participants included, from left, Sheila Milam, Jeana Medlin, Nicole Aylett, Jessie Bowers, Nicole Brock Tab Randle, Karen Whisenhunt, Janice Jones, Candy Upton, Monica Brown, Twila Curry, Dee Dee Smith, Jana Witherspoon, Kathy Rogers, Shree Gentry, Cristal Young, Mike Hays, Debra Lewis, Melody Ester, LaTonya Franklin, Ebony Hopkins and Quisha Morgan.

Early voting underway for General Election

Hotly contested races for federal, state and area offices will be settled by Arkansas voters between now and election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Early voting is now underway at courthouses in Howard and Pike counties.
Because of an Arkansas Supreme Court ruling last week, voters will no longer have to show a photo ID. The court ruled that the state’s voter ID law was invalid.
Races, with names in the order they will appear on the Howard County ballot, include:
U.S. Senate — Mark Pryor, Democrat; Mark H. Swaney, Green Party; Tom Cotton, Republican; Nathan LaFrance, Libertarian.
U.S. Congress, District 4 — Rep. Bruce Westerman, Republican; Ken Hamilton, Libertarian; James Lee Witt, Democrat.
Governor of Arkansas — J. Joshua Drake, Green Party; Asa Hutchinson, Republican; Mike Ross, Democrat; Frank Gilbert, Libertarian.
Lieutenant Governor — John Burkhalter, Democrat; Christopher Olsen, Libertarian; Congressman Tim Griffin, Republican.
Attorney General — Representative Nate Steel, Democrat; Leslie Rutledge, Republican; Aaron Cash, Libertarian.
Secretary of State — Secretary of State Mark Martin, Republican; Susan Inman, Democrat; Jacob D. Holloway, Libertarian.
State Treasurer — Chris Hayes, Libertarian; Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan, Republican; Karen Sealy Garcia, Democrat.
Auditor of State — Brian Leach, Libertarian; Representative Andrea Lea, Republican; Regina Stewart Hampton, Democrat.
Commissioner of State Lands — Mark A. Robertson, Democrat; Elvis D. Presley, Libertarian; Commissioner John Thurston, Republican.
State Representative District 19 — Justin Gonzales, Republican; Jeremy Ross, Democrat.
State Representative District 4 — DeAnn Vaught, Republican; Rep. Fonda Hawthorne, Democrat.
Mineral Springs
Among area races is the one for mayor of Mineral Springs where candidates include Bobby Tullis and the incumbent, W.H. “Sonny” Heatherly.
The City of Murfreesboro will also have two contested races including for mayor and the South Ward Position 2 on the city council. Mayoral candidates include Rodney Fagan and Soledad Woodall. South Ward Position 2 candidates are Mary Jean Barbre and Jeff Walls.
There will also be a race for Pike County Justice of the Peace District 7 seat between Kenneth Crow, Democrat and David Sirmon, Republican.
The Pike County  town of Daisy will also have a contested race for the Recorder/Treasurer position between Hortense Young and Jennifer Cogburn.
Ballot issues
There are five ballot “issues” where voters may cast “for” or “against” votes.
Issue 1 — An amendment empowering the General Assembly to provide for Legislative Committee review and approval of state agencies and administrative rules. The issue would actually reduce the powers of the office of the governor and give more to the legislature.
Issue 2 — An amendment allowing more time to gather signatures on a state-wide initiative or referendum petition only if the petition as originally filed contained at least 75% of the valid signatures required.
Issue 3 — An amendment regulating contributions to candidates for state or local office, barring gifts from lobbyists to certain state officials providing for setting salaries of certain officials, and setting term limits for members of the general assembly. The issue actually lengthens the time in office a politician may serve.
Issue 4 — The Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Amendment (statewide sales of alcoholic beverages). There would be no more ‘dry’ or ‘wet’ counties.
Issue 5 — An act to increase the Arkansas minimum wage (raising the minimum wage from $6.25 per hour to $8.50 in three increments ending Jan. 1, 2017).
Early voting
Early voting began Monday of this week for the General Election of 2014.
The early voting takes place in the Howard County courthouse annex in the hours of 8-6, Monday through Friday, beginning.
Early voting will end Monday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m., and polling places in the county will be open the following day, election day, from 7:30-7:30.
The early voting site will be open on two Saturdays before the election, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 10-4.

Bid opening set Nov. 6 for Phase 4 of Nashville school project

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Subcontractors’ bids on Phase 4 of the Nashville School District’s building project will be opened Thursday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in the board room, Superintendent Doug Graham told the school board Monday night.
Doyle Howard Construction of Delight, the contractor, is advertising for subcontractors’ packages, Graham said. After bids are opened, Graham will call a special board meeting “to approve or deny the job.”
If the work is approved, “We’ll start during the Christmas holidays,” Graham said.
The project includes enclosing a large part of the Nashville High School courtyard and constructing a cafeteria at the school.
The work at high school marks the final phase of the district’s $15-million facilities improvement program. The remainder of the project has been completed and includes a 7-classroom addition at NHS, renovation of the existing high school building, a new cafeteria and media center at junior high, and Scrapper Arena.
The board hired Howard Construction earlier this month after terminating a contract with Crawford Construction Co., the contractor for the other building projects. The budget for the high school work is about $2.8 million, and the closest the former contractor came was about $3.2 million.
Board members took care of several routine items during their 25-minute meeting. They elected officers for the next year, including Randy Elliott, president; Miles Mitchell, vice president; and David Hilliard, secretary.
Graham reported that the district’s operating balance at the end of last month was $3,652,000.
The board approved a revised personnel policy on employee insurance, replacing a policy adopted last summer. “This was just released by the Arkansas School Board Association,” Graham said, and reflects changes in the state’s school employee insurance program.
“It will probably be amended again by the legislature after the first of the year,” Graham said. “We have no choice but to get it in the book and wait on the session” in January.
Assistant Superintendent Joe Kell gave an update on the district’s ACSIP Plans and Assurances.
“We volunteered to be in a pilot program for ACSIP,” Kell said. About 50 school districts statewide are participating in the pilot program.
“This involves more teamwork, both in the district unit and school building units. We meet twice monthly and about four different times with the state for training on the new aspects,” Kell said.
Graham said preliminary reports indicate that Howard County tax collections “are low so far. We hope they pick up. Distribution will be sometime between now and November.”
The board hired the following: Tracey Upton, special ed aide; Jennifer Cox, custodian at primary; Lyndol Hoen, cafeteria; Jennifer Smith, custodian.

Howard County Sheriff’s Department investigating forged USDA document

From the Howard County Sheriff’s Office:
Forged document investigation
Sept. 5 — John Moore of Shreveport, La., filed a report with the Howard County Sheriff’s Department regarding government documents that were forged bearing his name as the lessor.  The documents were in the possession of the US Department of Agriculture office located in Nashville. The documents were a lease agreement certification statement for emergency government assistance. The USDA office in Nashville told investigators that Brian Eudy had requested an application and a lease agreement form on May 16, 2014. He returned a week later with the program application and lease agreement bearing the signature of John Moore.
This case is being investigated by Howard County Sheriff’s Investigators David Shelton and John Eric Glidewell.
Brian Steven Eudy, 36, white male, of 175 Possum Hollow Road Dierks,  turned himself in on Friday, Oct. 17 and posted a $25,000 bond for his release.
Arrests made
Oct. 16, — the Howard County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Jim Hood at 1747 Mt. Pleasant Drive north of Nashville. He stated that he was mowing at his son’s residence and noticed a dark colored Chevrolet truck come from behind the house at a fast rate of speed. Deputy Timmy Floyd and Investigator John Eric Glidewell responded to the call. When officers arrived they observed tire tracks where the vehicle had sped away and noticed several items that came from inside the residence sitting in the yard behind the house. Deputy Floyd stayed at the residence taking the report while Investigator Glidewell attempted to locate the suspect vehicle. Investigator Glidewell met a dark green Chevrolet truck traveling at a high rate of speed traveling north on Mt. Pleasant. Investigator Glidewell radioed Deputy Floyd and advised him to have Hood look at the vehicle when it passed by the residence. Hood advised officers that was the vehicle he had seen earlier coming from behind his son’s residence.  Investigator Glidewell stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Christopher Jarmin, 29, white male, of 160 Ramage Road,  Nashville, and the passenger as Dustyn Dowdle, 25, white male, of 2706 Hwy. 26 East, Delight. Officers found several items in the back of the truck that had been stolen out of the Hood residence. Both subjects were arrested and transported to the Howard County Jail and charged with Residential Burglary and Theft of Property. Bond has been set at $50,000 for each.
Drug charges
Oct. 17 –  at approximately 7:45 p.m. Deputy Travis Turner was patrolling on Hwy. 27 south of Nashville. he made traffic stop on a Ford Mustang for speeding. The driver, James Wright, 28, white male, of Texarkana, Ark., did not have his driver’s license with him. He was reportedly very nervous while talking with the deputy, who then obtained consent to search. While patting Wright down he found a bag of marijuana and a bag of methamphetamine. Wright was arrested and transported to the Howard County Jail and is being charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance: Marijuana and Methamphetamine. Bond has been set at $25,000.


Public concerns about Ebola prompt postponement of local church’s mission trip

By John Balch
Leader staff
Ebola paranoia has spread to Nashville and a recent public outcry and threats have prompted a mission trip to the West African county of Senegal to be postponed.
A handful of members of the Ridgeway Baptist Church of Nashville were set to join members of a Hot Springs church for a medical mission to Senegal on Nov. 6. But, over the last two weeks, the public concerns about the mission and the possibility of missionaries bringing the deadly virus home to Arkansas had become increasingly threatening. Mission organizer, Dr. Jackson Porter of the Hot Springs church, announced Friday that the trip had been delayed.
“I could see for the greater good, this had to be sacrificed,” Porter told the Hot Springs newspaper in an article published Saturday. He said he did not want the one mission to jeopardize the other numerous planned church missions. “It’s not something I want to do, but there was just so much push-back. There were threatening implications”
Porter was also quoted as saying the public’s reaction was fueled by a recent article in The Nashville Leader about the churches’ plan to proceed with the mission trip despite the then-presence of the Ebola virus in Senegal. The article was posted and re-posted on social media and the public outcry soon flooded the Nashville’s church’s Facebook page and even involved concerned calls to Nashville Mayor Billy Ray Jones.
“One every minute,” is the rate of calls Mayor Jones said he fielded last week as the issue continued to spin on social media. “The town is obviously pretty worried.”
The comments posted to the church’s social media page ranged from polite requests to reconsider the mission to name-calling and threats of pulling children from the church if the mission was to take place.
Bro. Larry Sherman of the Nashville church told The Nashville Leader Monday that some church members have endured threats to their physical well-being and the church building has also been the subject of other threats.

When Mayor Jones and church authorities officially announced Friday that the mission been delayed, a Ridgeway Baptist Church member posted on the church’s Facebook page that the decision was reached because of the public’s “hatred and vitriol” had caused members of the mission team “to be concerned for their safety, not from travel, not from Ebola, but from their neighbors and so called friends. For that reason, and no other, this trip has been postponed.” The poster also said God was “not happy” about the situation.

Once the postponement was announced, the public again took to social media where they thanked the church for reconsidering and listening to the public concerns.

Dr. Porter also noted in the interview with the Hot Springs newspaper that on the day he had to announce the mission had been delayed the World Health Organization had declared Senegal has an “Ebola-free country.”

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: A Vote for Nate

Walking in the dark early Tuesday morning, I saw something move toward me from a bush beside the road.
Then, mercifully, it turned away and ran back in the bush. It was, my dear friends, a real skunk. I do hate skunks. And remember, when you see a skunk you should automatically consider that it is rabid. It’s about the only thing that can make me break into a run that early in the morning. Later in the day I will run for M&M Peanuts.
MORE ANIMAL CRACKERS. I do hope that the deer hunters in the Muddy Fork/Fallen Creek area north of Nashville and south of Newhope have a banner hunting season. I want them to clear out the deer population, many of which graze nonchalantly on the shoulder of the road when I make my Tuesday night paper route trip to Jo-Lee Westfall’s post office in Newhope (one word). I never fail to see about a dozen on the 44-mile round trip. I’ve had one close encounter with a deer, but I’ve never (knock on wood) hit one with my buggy. And that’s why I want the hunters to significantly reduce the deer population around the Muddy Fork.
IN THE HEAVENS. Some big doins’ this week, all out of our sight. A spaceshot from India got pics of Mars and the comet which spun around our red neighbor before being slingshotted back into deep space. All told, there were seven Mars surface vehicles from the U.S., India and European space agencies which are crawling over the planet’s surface and which reportedly managed to get some photos of the flyby. It’ll be a few days before the pictures get back to Earth and are processed. NASA isn’t as fast as Walmart.
The comet is named Siding Spring, and it is being followed closely by its sister comet, Aluminum Siding. Just joking.
The scientists were excited about Siding Spring because they believe it is the first time it has gotten close enough to our sun so that it reacts to the heat. They’ll get to see it happen. This comet was supposedly formed several billion years ago. It was safely waaaay out there in something called the Oort Cloud but got bumped off course by a passing star about a million years ago.
What I want to know is: If the scientists know all this about Siding Spring, how come can’t we find Jimmy Hoffa?
And how come we can’t come up with a simple recipe for homemade M&M Peanuts?
This reminds me that Thursday night is planetarium night on the Henderson State University campus. Show starts at 7 and get there early to let hour eyes adjust. No one is admitted late.
I AM SO DISAPPOINTED in the political campaigns this year. Both sides (and their rich invisible supporters) have produced some really objectionable TV ads and postal mailouts. Lots of outright lies, stretched truth and innuendo. I’m tired of it.
So, I am taking the high road. I will only say good things. My hope is that you will vote FOR someone, rather than AGAINST someone.
I do more than get disappointed; I get MAD when I see the outrageous ads saying negative things about Nate Steel. It also worries me that somebody way off can pump more than $1 million into a campaign here, not knowing either candidate. And, really, not even caring about how the people of Arkansas will be served by the winner.
You can join me in proudly voting FOR Nate Steel in the race for Arkansas Attorney General. We have first hand experience with Nate. He was an excellent deputy prosecuting attorney. He was an excellent counsel to the Howard County Quorum Court. He was an excellent member of the Arkansas Legislature who got along just fine with both sides of the aisle. I’ve heard he was pretty good as a Scrapper football lineman, although the latter is the opinion of his mama.
But he needs your vote because there are some people out there who are honestly worried that he is Obama’s ‘lapdog’ and they will vote for Nate’s opponent for no other reason.
Nate is by far the most qualified to serve the people of Arkansas. When you see the candidates side-by-side the difference is really obvious.
Now we have a chance to elect a good man to the office of Attorney General. If you’re not voting for or against someone simply because they have a R or a D after their name, Nate Steel is a good choice.
WINTERING YOUR PLANTS. Been reading some suggestions to follow if you’re going to bring some ‘outside’ plants into your home for the winter.
First, get rid of bugs. How clever.
They suggest washing the underside of the leaves carefully. Soak the pot in lukewarm water for about a half hour. This brings bugs to the surface of the soil and you can pick off the little darlings. Let the pot drain well before you take it inside.
But what do  you do with the bugs? I remove them with a leftover pair of Chinese chopsticks. and Skwush ‘em real good!
HE SAID: “My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.” Billy Connolley, comedian and musician
SHE SAID: “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” Margaret Mead, anthropologist and author

Obituaries (Week of Oct. 20, 2014)

Clara Mae Mabery
Clara Mae Mabery, died on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Murfreesboro.
She was born on March 25, 1923 in Pike City, Ark.,, the daughter of the late William Tomas Wall and Netti Bell Bateman (Wall.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Ancel John Mabery; her brother, Jessie Wall; and three sisters, Bell Spears, Tincie Jackson, and Edna Johnson.
She worked many years gathering eggs in chicken houses, and was a homemaker who loved cooking for her family.
She is survived by: her two sons, John Dell Mabery and friend, Sheila Curry of Pike City, Ark., and Tracy Mabery and wife, BJ of Pike City; two daughters, Shirley Mabery of Hot Springs, Ark., and Clara Faye Wilkins and husband, Kenneth of Pike City; 10 grandchildren, Dale and wife, Cindy Wilkins, Heather Mabery and Hillard, Hunter Mabery, John Stacy Mabery, Angel Mabery Rowton and Scottie Rowton, Diana Lewis and Ken Lewis, Denise Stevens and Shawn, Stanley Ward and Leisa, Debra Daniell, and Delilah Raney; 18 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Zack, Gerah, Donte, Nicole, JD, Megan, Tashia, John Devin, Jessica, Megan, Ryan, Kyle, Chris, Kenny, John, Gary, and Becky; 17 great-great-grandchildren, Sadie, Mason, Erin, Tori, Kaleigh, Alysia, Amelia, Alex, Hannah, Landon, Jordan, Aspin, Sloan, Justin, Sierra, Hailee, Christean, Kyle, Andrew, and Ryan; one brother, Lonnie Joe Wall of Branch, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014  at Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro with Rob Evans and Bro. Rick Green officiating. Burial followed in Pike City Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel, Murfreesboro.
Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Sykes
Dr. Robert Ronald Sykes, 70, of Nashville died in his home Oct. 15, 2014.
He was born in Hot Springs, Nov. 11, 1943, the son of the late Harry Sykes and Dorothy Bales Sykes.
He was a US Army veteran, was a deacon of First Baptist Church, and volunteered at the Howard County Christian Health Clinic.
He was preceded in death by sisters Angie Johnson, Pat Revere and Jean Hope, and a twin brother, Dr. James Sykes.
Survivors include: his wife of 46 years, Sandra Sykes of Nashville; a daughter, Karen Sykes; a son, Timothy Sykes; a brother, Worthy Sykes; also a grandson.
Services were Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Nashville. Burial followed at Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville. Visitation was from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

South Pike County School District Report to the Public

Superintendent Roger Featherston
Report to the Public
The 2014-15 school year marks the beginning of the fifth year of the South Pike County School District.  We are operating three campuses, Murfreesboro High School, Murfreesboro Elementary, and Delight Elementary.  All students and teachers operate under the same district policies which are guided by the model policies produced by the Arkansas School Board Association.
All campuses of the South Pike district are fully accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education.  We are meeting the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which is in place as a technology and internet safety measure.  This includes blocking or filtering internet access for all users, helping to prevent users from accessing material that is harmful to minors.  Also, all users are required to sign usage agreements which give the guidelines for usage, and have, or will be instructed in the safe and ethical use of the internet, including but not limited to social networking.  Students are advised that they enjoy no expectation of privacy in any aspect of their school computer use.
We currently have 693 students enrolled.  Of these, 104 are at the Delight Elementary, 281 are at the Murfreesboro Elementary, and 308 are at the Murfreesboro High School.  We have a total of 43 classified employees, and 69 licensed employees.  All employees are working under a unified salary schedule and personnel policies.
Under Arkansas’ ESEA Flexibility Waiver of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, both elementary campuses and the high school have been placed on “Needs Improvement” status. While the district’s status currently requires no corrective action under the ESEA Waiver, we have a combination of specialized classes, computerized activities, after-school tutoring, and a partnerships with the Learning Institute, E-Instruction, and Virtual Arkansas as interventions to help in the effort to raise test scores.
Title I funds are being used to provide services above and beyond those required for all students on both elementary campuses, as well as technology supplies and software.  Title II is being used for class size reduction and technology for classrooms.  NSLA funds are being used to fund after school tutoring/remediation centers and to purchase much needed technology upgrades to advance learning.  All these topics are covered in our ACSIP plan which is prepared by our federal programs coordinator, Tanya Wilcher.
South Pike County School District is an equal educational Title VI and Title IX school district.  No student in the district shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, or denied benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity sponsored by the district.  Our Equity coordinator is Tanya Wilcher and our Homeless liaison is Kathaleen Cole.
The district is currently in the process of improving the Murfreesboro Elementary playground.  We have increase the size of the play area, and are adding new play equipment that will increase our ability to serve all students.  We are also in the process of adding technology devices to ensure our readiness for state-mandated digital testing and improve the ability to teach and learn.  We are purchasing new bleachers for the gymnasium that will be installed during the Christmas Holidays.  We are also researching the feasibility of a renovation to the gymnasium, which would add HVAC and additional seating.  Also, a partnership project through the Department of Education’s Facilities Division is being pursued to attain new HVAC units for the high school.
At this time, Mrs. Tanya Wilcher will report on both elementary schools and Federal Programs, followed by Ms. Kathaleen Cole reporting on the high school.  At that time our annual Report to the Public will be concluded.


Elementary Principal Tanya Wilcher
Murfreesboro & Delight Elementary School
Report to the Public
Our enrollment this year at Murfreesboro Elementary is 282 students.
We have 43 students in kindergarten.
43 students in 1st grade classrooms
42 students in 2nd grade classrooms
37 students in 3rd grade classrooms
28 students in 4th grade
45 students in 5th grade
44 students in 6th grade
Our enrollment at Delight Elementary is 104 students.
We have 16 in Kindergarten,
15 students in 1st grade
18 students in 2nd grade
13 students in 3rd grade
14 students in 4th grade
18 students in 5th grade
10 students in 6th grade
Murfreesboro & Delight Elementary have been labeled as a Needs Improvement Schools. These categories are based on the Arkansas Benchmark Exam scores.
K-6th grades are implementing the Common Core standards for the third year.  The Benchmark test is still testing students on the old Framework standards.  Teachers are having to implement many programs and interventions this year on both campuses to help fill this information gap that has been caused with the state changing our teaching standards but not changing the achievement testing yet.
K-6th grades are implementing DI Reading on both campuses. We are seeing many improvements and more students excelling in reading.
Both campuses are using the computer labs and different intervention programs with all our students. All students rotate through the computer lab weekly to help with remediation and enrichment for K-6th graders in Math & Literacy & Science. The students are also being taught keyboarding which will be used on the new state computerized testing that begins this school year.
We will be starting the after school tutoring on both campuses this month.  Tutoring this year will target the students that did not score proficient or above on the benchmark or is below level in reading.
Accelerated Reader is used on both campuses to encourage all students to read more.
We are encouraging parents to stay actively involved with their children’s academic success.  We are still using an online gradebook program, HAC.  Parents have access to their children’s grades online. If a parent needs their access code to get in, they may call either office to get it.
 We are trying a new schedule on the Murfreesboro campus this year with our 5th & 6th graders.  Math & reading classes are 75 minutes long and Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts are being split into 3 smaller classes for 45 minutes every other week. This is enabling the teachers more individual time with each group. The 3rd & 4th graders are being team taught this year with two teachers at each grade level but all students K-4 participate in DI Reading from 8:15-9:45 each morning.
Our 5th & 6th grades are still getting to experience PE twice a week. One day a week they are with Ms. Traci Jones implementing the standards for PE and one day a week they are with Coach Steve Martin getting to participate in off season drills to introduce them to the sports that will be available to them in Jr. High school.
We are using NSLA money & Title I money to implement a one-to-one Ipad ratio for 5th & 6th graders on both campuses. All teachers on both campuses also have an Ipad and the ability to be mobile while they are teaching.  We are trying to enhance our teaching by utilizing all the advancements of technology that are  available for them.
Murfreesboro & Delight Elementary collect box tops each year.  M’boro Elementary raised $2508 last year and Delight Elementary raised $1038 by having students collect these and bring to school.  This money is used for prizes, programs, and incentives for the students. We would love to encourage everyone in the community to collect box tops and turn them in to the schools.
Murfreesboro elementary used money they raised from last school years fundraising to expand our back playground.  We are in the process of adding a swing set and a dome jungle gym.  We are hoping to raise enough money this year to add some additional equipment on the front playground also.
All teachers are fully certified and are highly qualified in their teaching area.
Both Campuses are fully accredited and are a school-wide Title I school.


High School Principal Kathaleen Cole
The High School has 311 students in attendance. We hired four new teachers this year. ALE Teacher, Ms Stephaine Cox, high school English Teacher, Stephaine Cross, Nicole Martin, and Mac McCrea, science teachers /coaches.
High School has just gotten in IPADS for students to use in various classrooms. Teachers have been trained in operating the IPADS using programs that will benefit the students. The programs consist of 360, Edmodo, Remind 101 and You Tube. (Educational)
Murfreesboro High School is currently offering 27 different classes through Virtual Arkansas. Several students are taking classes from Cossatot as well.
The district also has a new web site up in order to keep the public inform about the school’s events. Teachers are creating classes and organizing web sites. The calendar on the district’s home page lists major events. Important events are featured in a yellow bar flashing underneath the slide show.  The web site is an on-going project with changes and updates made almost daily.
The district’s parent involvement plan is located on the web site along with other items of interest to parents.
Student Council is involving our community in recognizing and honoring community members through the Veteran’s Day Assembly that will be held on November 11, 2014.
The Student Council also sold Pink-out t-shirts to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
FCCLA attended national competitions in San Antonio this summer and Bethany Briley won a gold medal in public speaking and Addison Womack won a silver medal for our chapter on our community service project on wellness.
FCCLA presently has 57 members. FCCLA and our Community Service Project fundraiser has been for the Ronald McDonald house, donation $150.00.
FBLA attended their fall conference Wednesday, October 8, 2014 with 25 members joined and 24 in attendance. The next conference will be in February, 2015 in Hope.


Curriculum Coordinator
Melissa Jones
South Pike County School District
Report to the Public
In Arkansas, schools are evaluated by their students’ performance on tests in Grades 3-8 in the subject areas of mathematics and literacy.  End-of-Course tests in Algebra I, Geometry and 11th Grade Literacy are also used to assess student learning.  The 2013-14 school year was the last for Benchmark and End-of-Course assessments.  We are transitioning to the PARCC test which reflects the Common Core Standards.  See the attached handout with scores for each campus.
South Pike County is a “Needs Improvement” district.  Designation as “Needs Improvement” means that the school is not a Needs Improvement Priority School, Needs Improvement Focus School, or Exemplary School and that the school did not meet its Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) in performance or growth for the all-students group and the Targeted Achievement Gap Group (TAGG).   The majority of the schools in Arkansas currently have this designation. After school tutoring and remediation have begun on all three campuses.  Teachers and students are also working on student Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs).  It is important to remember this status was determined using the ACTAAP testing system which measures the Arkansas Frameworks not the Common Core Standards that were being taught as required by ADE.
In order to make improvements, all schools in the South Pike County School District are giving target test to gauge what our students have learned.  Both elementary schools are developing their own test and we are beginning to give the test electronically.  At MES, students are taking the test on IPADS or in the computer lab.  This will be phased into DES over the coming months.  MHS is working with The Learning Institute (TLI) to facilitate target tests.  The math department has given their first test entirely online.  This is being filtered into other disciplines.  This is to better prepare our students for the PARCC assessment which will be administered entirely online.   Our math, literacy and science teachers use current lesson plans to create an assessment map that is followed throughout the year.  The data received from the assessments helps the teacher quickly identify academic strengths and weaknesses.  Once those areas have been identified, teachers can then begin to enhance the student’s knowledge of necessary skills, rather than spending time on skills already mastered.  All of our literacy, math and science teachers worked during the summer to implement this target testing program and it is evolving throughout the year.
Work has begun on student Academic Improvement Plans (AIPs).  All students who do not score proficient or advanced need AIP’s and are to be remediated.   Both elementary schools are beginning after school tutoring programs for those students needing remediation.  At Murfreesboro High School, students are using a web-based program to complete remediation requirements.  Students are able to access the APEX program wherever there is Internet access.  If students do not have access to the Internet at home, they are staying after school with certified teachers to work on remediation.  Students are welcome to stay after school for tutoring purposes as well.

Trial dates set for Pike County accused of killing 3 in 2013

By John Balch
Leader staff
Trial dates have been set for a Pike County man accused of killing three people in July of 2013.
Timothy Allen Hill, 44, of Billstown is set for a pretrial hearing on Nov. 3 with a Nov. 20 trial date. He is charged with three counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill, 33; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield, 54; and his wife’s niece, nine-year-old Autumn Hartsfield, all of Waldo.
The three were killed the evening of July 13, 2013 at the Hills’ home off Highway 301 in the Billstown community of Pike County. Dana Hill had not resided at the home for some time and the couple were apparently going through a divorce which had not been finalized.
Hill is being represented by Rowe Stayton and Dana Stone of the Stayton & Associates law firm.
Hill has undergone extensive mental evaluations since his arrest, and in February of 2014, the court ordered he stay at the State Hospital and receive mental health treatment until he was deemed ready for trial. He was found competent to stand trial last December but case files note he was suffering from major depression.
Capital murder is a Class Y felony and carries a punishment of life without parole or death.
The three victims were killed by gunfire from a SKS rifle and, according to information filed on the case, the killings were “premeditated and deliberated.”
Julie and Autumn Hartsfield were both shot while still buckled in seat belts as they sat in a car parked outside the Hill resident. Dana Hill was killed in the bathroom of the home. Julie Hartsfield and Dana Hill died at the scene while Autumn Hartsfield died from her injuries after being air-lifted to a Hot Springs hospital.
Timothy Hill told authorities that prior to the shootings he had taken his two young sons to his father’s nearby home and then went back home. “He knew that his wife was coming to get the two boys,” according to an affidavit of arrest prepared by Arkansas State Police Investigator Hays McWhirter.
The suspect said Dana Hill went into the bathroom after arriving at the home. It was at this time, he reportedly retrieved his SKS rifle and went outside. “(Hill) stated that he shot the car that his mother-in-law was sitting in and that he knew that she was in it. He further stated that he was mad at her because she was trying to turn his two boys against him,” stated the affidavit.
Investigators found six bullet holes from an SKS rifle in the right front passenger’s door and two bullet holes in the right rear door of a BMW car registered to Dana Hill. Autumn Hartsfield was sitting in the backseat of the car, also still buckled in a seat belt.
Dana Hill died from a single gunshot while sitting on the floor of the home’s bathroom. “It appears Dana Hill had locked herself in the bathroom. Timothy Hill had fired one round into the door lock to open the locked door. The doorknob lock was still in the lock position,” according to the affidavit.
Timothy Hill had told investigators that he “meant to shoot his mother-in-law but did not mean to shoot his wife. He did not know why he did.” The suspect also said when he located his estranged wife in the bathroom that he pointed the rifle at her and asked her “why?” and the gun went off.
Timothy Hill also claimed he did not know that the little girl was in the vehicle when he shot at his mother-in-law.
During his time in the Pike County Jail, Hill was involved in a fight with another prisoner, Andrew C. Barrett of Amity. The fight resulted in Hill having to undergo major reconstructive surgery for a broken jaw and treatment of multiple lacerations.
The incident happened in the jail’s general population cell “pod” and was described as an “unarmed fight.” Hill was initially transported to Howard Memorial Hospital where he was stabilized and then transported to a Hot Springs hospital for surgery.
Since Hill was in county custody at the time of the fight, the county had to pay his medical bill, which totaled approximately $50,0000.

Pink Avenue to host open house Oct. 14

Howard Memorial Hospital’s auxiliary gift shop, Pink Avenue, will host an open house for the public on Oct. 14, from 6-8 p.m. in the HMH lobby.
The open house will feature new items as well as a “trunk show” of HADAKI bags and travel pieces.
“‘Come see what’s new at Pink Avenue’ is a phrase we’ve been using a lot lately,” explained Susan Wingrove, director of volunteer services. “We have really made an effort to have something that will fit everyone’s taste and budget and we’ve added so many new items, including clothing and men’s products.”
According to Wingrove, that’s the motivation behind the open house and the trunk show.
“So many times, people forget that we’re up here on the hill. We have drastically changed our inventory since the gift shop’s grand opening five years ago and we think it’s important to get the word out that our merchandise is not only trendy, but it’s extremely affordable.”
Wingrove said that many people have the misconception that the gift shop is too expensive or only carries home décor, but instead, she says the store carries everything from bath products to easy pick-up quick gifts, gourmet snacks to baby toys.
With the holidays just around the corner, seasonal items are arriving daily.  “Our hospital has always tried to offer modern care with  home-town convenience, and that’s also the concept behind the gift shop. We have the brand names that top department stores carry but at half the price, and we’ve discovered several new lines, like HADAKI, that have the designer look but are an affordable option.”
A representative from the HADAKI line, which is a New Orleans based company, will be at the show to answer any questions.  The line has offers handbags, luggage, diaper bags, and unique travel pieces.
In addition to the trunk show, which will feature merchandise on-hand as well as a catalog for special gift orders, the open house will have samples of all their new food items just in time for the holidays.
“While we love being able to offer gourmet treats that are all made in the United States, even some in Arkansas, we’re mostly just excited by how delicious everything is!” Wingrove said. “We’ve got pecan pie-in-a-jar that is mouth-watering, and it sure makes baking a whole lot easier.”
The Pink Avenue open house is free to the public, but Wingrove explains that if the guests will call HMH and let her know they are coming, she will make sure they get 10% off their total purchase.
“We just want to get our community in the door so that they can see what the employees at HMH already know: that we’re a great place to shop.”

MS American Legion to host Veterans Day parade

The American Legion post at Mineral Springs will host its first Veterans Day parade on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Tuskegee Airman Post 332, has invited organizations and groups to enter floats and vehicles in the parade. Each entry should be decorated with an identifying logo or slogan, according to a news release from Post Commander Robert Forbes.
The parade will start at the city park. Participants should be ready to line-up at 8:30 a.m., and the parade will start at 10.
For more information contact Forbes at 200-3306.

Local church moves ahead with mission plan in West Africa

By John Balch
Leader staff
Despite the presence of the Ebola virus in the West African country of Senegal, a medical mission by a local church will proceed as planned.
Members of the Ridgeway Baptist Church of Nashville, along with members of the First Baptist Church of Hot Springs, will travel to Senegal on Nov. 6 for the mission, according to Larry Elrod of the Nashville church.
“We feel very confident about going,” Elrod told The Nashville Leader Monday. “We just feel this is what God wants us to do and He hasn’t done anything to tell us not to go.”
Ridgeway members scheduled to take part in the medical mission are Elrod and his wife, Fayrene, and Judy Carlyle, Stephanie Feltenberger, Jennifer Kilcrease and Stacy Garner. Two members of the Hot Springs church and one person from Russellville are also scheduled to participate as well as a couple from Paris, France. Another person actually from Senegal, West Africa will also join the mission.
Elrod, who will take his third mission trip to West Africa in November, said there has certainly been a “period of awareness” since the Ebola outbreak, adding that he expects the screening process “coming and going” to be extensive.
The group will fly out of Little Rock into Charlotte, N.C. then to Washington, D.C. before departing for Dakar, Senegal’s capital city.
“(Officials) will certainly be taking temperatures at all posts,” he said, adding that persons with a fever over 101.7 degrees can be expected to be moved to a different location for further assessment.
All mission participants will be required to be inoculated for yellow fever and a series of shots will also be offered.
Just this week, federal health officials said the U.S. is currently weighing whether to institute extra screening at U.S. airports where travelers from Ebola-stricken African nations may be arriving. It has been reported that “clear-cut screening” is currently underway on the exit ends of the travels.
Currently, there is no cure for Ebola, but an experimental drug, ZMapp, helped the American health workers who caught the virus while working in Liberia. However, the supply of the experimental drug has been depleted.
On Aug. 29, West African news agencies reported that Senegal had confirmed it first case of Ebola despite closing its border with Guinea. A college student is currently quarantined in a Dakar hospital. Senegal is the fifth country in the region where the virus has spread.
The virus has killed 3,400 people in West Africa with Liberia being hit the hardest with more than 2,000 deaths. There are also more than 3,000 reported cases and the virus “continues to accelerate,” according to a report from the World Health Organization.
Ebola symptoms typically appear eight to 10 days after infection. Early symptoms include a high fever, muscle aches and chills, which are similar to the early symptoms of the flu. The virus then progresses to severe vomiting and diarrhea, with a possible rash and painful cough. The WHO reports some patients near death bleed from their eyes, mouth or other orifices as they begin to bleed internally.
Ebola is described as a “RNA virus,” which means every time is copies itself, it makes one or two mutations.
Ridgeway Baptist is continuing to raise funds for the mission trip. Elrod said the church is currently conducting a “Bags for Cash” drive where an agency buys bags of old clothing and shoes by the pound.
“It’s a good way to get rid of some of your old stuff but will also raise money for the mission trip,” he said.
For more information about the mission trip or how to make a donation, visit the Ridgeway Baptist Church’s Facebook page or contact Elrod at (870) 845-8814.


Fountain Lake takes out Scrappers, 32-29

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
HOT SPRINGS – Senior fullback Randall Ross of Fountain Lake ran the ball for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns Friday night as the Cobras upset top-ranked Nashville 32-29.
The Scrappers (4-1, 1-1) entered the game as the No. 1 team in Class 4A in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s rankings. They were also first in Rex’s Rankings compiled by sportscaster Rex Nelson.
Last week’s loss dropped Nashville to third place in 4A, according to the Democrat-Gazette.
“Fountain Lake played nearly mistake free,” Coach Billy Dawson said. “They did a good job at the point of attack. We didn’t tackle very well. We didn’t play very well. We didn’t coach very well.”
The Cobras “didn’t turn the ball over. They completed their drives. They controlled the line of scrimmage. They did exactly how they drew it up.”
Fountain Lake had “17 explosive plays; 15 of those were running plays,” Dawson said. “They made big plays at big times.”
Operating out of the Wing-T, the Cobras ran the ball at Nashville most of the night. They threw only 5 passes and completed 3 of them. “They didn’t have to pass the ball,” Dawson said. “They did a good job.”
Fountain Lake’s performance in general and Ross’s in particular “showed us some areas we have to work on defensively,” Dawson said. “We have to take care of ourselves and try to fix it.”
The game appeared to start well for the Scrappers. Trey Hughes scored first for Nashville on a 24-yard pass from Leonard Snell with 9:59 left in the first quarter. Sergio Pacheco kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Fountain Lake scored 4 minutes later on a 15-yard run by Colby Spoon. Tyler Patton’s PAT tied the game at 7 each.
The Scrappers took a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter When Snell passed 11 yards to Brady Bowden for a TD. Pacheco made the extra point.
Ross opened the second quarter with a 33-yard touchdown run. He scored again with 4:15 to go before halftime.
Nashville answered back with a 3-yard scoring run by Snell with 2:49 left in the half. Snell ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion. The Scrappers led 22-19 at halftime.
Ross added another touchdown midway through the third quarter and a a TD early in the fourth quarter to round out the Cobras’ scoring.
The Scrappers appeared to rally late in the game when Darius Hopkins scored on a 67-yard pass from Snell with 2:12 to go. Pacheco’s PAT pulled the Scrappers to within 3 at 32-29.
Fountain Lake held on late to pull the upset.
Penalties were costly for the Scrappers, who gave up 83 yards on 11 penalties. Fountain Lake had 4 penalties for 41 yards.
The Cobras doubled Nashville’s first downs with 24.
The Scrappers had 142 yards rushing, 217 passing for 359 yards total offense.
Hopkins was the leading rusher with 16 carries for 77 yards.
Snell had 11 carries for 65 yards for the only other Scrapper to gain yards on the ground.
Snell completed 14 of 27 passes for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. He threw 2 interceptions.
Nashville had 85 total tackles, including 3 for losses. Brady Bowden was the leading tackler with 11. Lucas Liggin had 10. Ashton Nelson and Braden Hood had 9 each.
Homecoming vs. Waldron
The Scrappers will attempt to bounce back from last week’s upset at Fountain Lake as they host Waldron Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Scrapper Stadium.
The game will be Homecoming for Nashville. Homecoming activities will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Scrapper Arena and at 7 p.m. Friday at Scrapper Stadium.
Waldron (0-5, 0-2) come into Friday night’s game off a 42-0 loss to Arkadelphia. Despite the loss, Coach Billy Dawson said Waldron “played its best game of the year Friday night. They play really hard. They have a lot of sophomores. Coach Dale Mann has done a good job there.”
The Bulldogs “have a very multiple offense,” Dawson said, led by their “big running back Matthew Sparks.”
Sophomore quarterback Matt Shaddon “will try to get the ball to Sparks. He will run the ball a little bit too.”
Waldron has “a good offensive lineman, Jakob Johnston, left tackle,” Dawson said. “He’s long and runs well.”
The Bulldogs “do a good job in the screen game. They try to throw screens.”
On defense, Waldron is a “3-3 blitz team. They’ll bring 5 or 6 guys. They’ll play some man in the secondary. They try to force your hand,” Dawson said.
This week, the Scrappers will prepare for Waldron. “We’ll work on ourselves too. We have some things to fix. This is one of those weeks where you come off a bad loss. Which way do we go? Do we take it and get better, or do we sull about it?”

Hornets fall to Gurdon, 52-2

Mineral Springs has little time to recover from last Friday’s 52-2 shellacking at the hands of Gurdon, because this Friday the Hornets will host county rival Dierks.
“We can’t keep turning the ball over,” MS Coach Jason Burns said Monday, noting that five Gurdon scores came with the Hornet defense not even on the field.
In fact, he said that the Hornet defense actually played pretty well. “We got a good effort from the defense.”
Dierks will present a challenge to that defense. “They’ve got a good running back, a good quarterback and a good receiver corps.” He said that Dierks, like Mineral Springs, had a bad outing against Gurdon. The Outlaws’ loss to Gurdon is their lone setback of the season.
Meanwhile, the Hornets are sill looking for their first win after falling to 0-4.
Coach Burns said the team was focused on playing Dierks.
Things went sour in a hurry against Gurdon, Friday night, as the Go-Devils tallied 31 points in the first half while giving up a two-point safety on a bad snap in their end zone. The safety was the only Hornet score of the game.
The first Gurdon score might have been an omen for the evening. A pass interception had the Go-Devils perched at the MS two. It took one play for Gurdon to score, and those were all the points the Clark County crew would need.
On the night, MS would surrender the ball six times on pass interceptions and twice on fumbles. The ‘mercy rule’ was in effect less than one minute into the second half.
Kickoff at Hornet Stadium, Friday night will be at 7 p.m.

Lions rush by Rattlers, 47-38

The Mount Ida Lions continued to mark their return to Class 2A-7 football, Friday night, with a 47-38 win over the Murfreesboro Rattlers.
The Lions, who spent the last seasons among the 2A-5 ranks, improved to 2-0 in conference play (4-1  overall) while the Rattlers slip to 0-2 in conference (3-2 overall).
Just about all of the 17 Lions suited up Friday night saw action, including a squadron of junior backs that gave the Rattler defense fits all night. Junior quarterback T.J. Wilson led the way and rushed 12 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns while fellow juniors Austin Hickman, Jesse Lowery and Cody Robertson and Caleb Jones ran the Lions’ ground total up to 366 yards. Wilson also hit eight of 11 passes for 157 yards and two TDs.
The Rattlers’ no-huddle offense kept the fast-paced game close until the end. Senior QB Alex Kennedy hit 15 of 39 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions and had 13 carries for 68 yards and two TDs.
Jacob Jackson caught five Rattler passes for 104 yards and one TD and Ross Stewart had four catches for 68 yards and one TD. Other Rattler receivers included Daniel Robinson, Christian Eckert, Alex Copeland and Matthew Burress. Daniel Robinson picked up 93 yards on eight carries, Garvin Gardner had four for 22 yards and Jarrett Pitchford’s sole carry was good for a six-yard TD and a 189 Rattler rushing total.
The Rattlers opened the game with a quick 65-yard march with Kennedy hitting Jackson twice before hitting him again for a 52-yard TD. Robinson followed the line in for the two-point play and an 8-0 lead with 10:34 left in the opening quarter.
The Lions responded with a 61-yard drive that put them in the endzone and tied with the Rattlers at the 8:38 mark.
Murfreesboro’s next drive, aided and hampered by penalties, went 54 yards and reached the endzone in seven plays. Stewart pulled in a 24-yard TD pass and Eckert added the two-point catch for a 16-8 lead with 7:02 left in the opening quarter.
The Rattler defense stopped the Lions’ next drive but the Lions had the ball back one play after the punt when Kennedy was intercepted at the Rattler 49. Working the ends with the option, the Lions lit the scoreboard up again when Lowery broke free for a 32-yard TD. The two-point try failed and the Rattlers kept a 16-14 lead with 4:17 still left in the first quarter.
The Rattlers’ first punt of the game and a big return by Lowery set the Lions up deep in Rattler territory with 2:31 left in the opening quarter. Staying wide and outside, the Lions ran the ball 67 yards and into the second quarter to take a 20-16 lead.
The favor would be returned less than two minutes later when the Rattlers drove 65 yards, using a big run by a Kennedy and an even bigger fade pass to Jackson to set up Kennedy’s first TD run of the game. The score put Murfreesboro back up, 22-20, with 8:42 left in the first half.
A volley of turnovers plagued both teams in the second quarter. The Rattlers were aimed for the endzone after another Lion punt but a fumble stalled the drive. The Lions quickly fumbled the ball back to the Rattlers and then two plays later, Kennedy was picked off to set Mount Ida deep in their own territory.
After starting off with two incomplete passes and a penalty, the Lions were back in the endzone when Wilson threw to a wide-open Lowery for a 74-yard TD. The Lions held a 26-24 lead with 1:37 left in the half.
Mount Ida took advantage of another Rattler fumble on the ensuing kick-off and one big pass and another quick run by Lowery and the Lions were up 32-24 with 1:13 left in the half.
The Lions opened up the second half with a clock-grinding drive that began at the Lion 35. On the 10th play of the drive at the Rattler 6, the Lions tried to convert a fourth down but were tripped up by the Rattler defense.
The Rattler offense took the feed and a 90-yard run by Robinson quickly set up another short TD run by Kennedy with 5:26 left in the third quarter. The two-point try failed to leave the Lions up, 33-30.
Still on the outside, the Lion offense responded with a five-play, 70-yard drive that increased their lead to 40-30 with 3:34 left in the third quarter.
The Rattlers quickly gave the Lions the ball back when a high punt snap was bobbled at the Rattler 47. Wilson covered that distance to the endzone in one run to put the Lions up, 47-30, with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
The Rattlers collected a Lion fumble in the last seconds of the third quarter but were unable to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over at the Lion 21 with 11:46 left in the game. Murfreesboro’s defense held the Lions scoreless in the fourth quarter and forced two punts.
The Rattlers got their last shot at the scoreboard after taking over at their own 26 with 4:37 on the clock. Their drive went eight plays and was capped by Pitchford from one yard out. Pitchford added the two-point run to cut Mount Ida’s lead to 47-38.
An onside kick attempt landed with the Lions and they were able to play out the clock on the 47-38 win.
The Rattlers will hit the road Friday to face the Gurdon Go-Devils who are 2-0 in conference (3-2 overall) with big wins over Dierks (44-6) and Mineral Springs (52-2).
The Lions will host the Spring Hill Bears Friday. The Bears are 0-2 in conference play and 0-4-1 overall.

Dierks wins over Foreman, 33-21

The Dierks Outlaws evened their conference record to 1-1 and 4-1 overall with a 33-21 win Friday over the Foreman Gators.
The Outlaws will travel to south Howard County this Friday to face the Mineral Springs Hornets, who remain winless this season, for the annual Class 2A-7 match-up.
The Outaws returned to their style of ground-and-pound football against the Gators, picking up 306 rushing yards. Trendin McKinney continues to lead the Dierks ground game and he posted 194 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Tyler Kesterson also carried 14 times for 90 yards and two TDs and hit seven of 11 passes for 79 yards and one TD to give the Outlaws 385 total yards.
Adding to Dierks’ rushing stats were Justin Joyner with four carries for 12 yards and Caleb Dunn with two for 10 yards and one TD. Outlaws making catches against Foreman were Jake Green, Derek Hill, McKinney and Dunn, who pulled in a 23-yard TD strike from Kesterston to open the game’s scoring.
The Outlaw defense gave up 347 yards of offense, 228 of which came from Foreman’s quarterback Tucker Hall, who hit nine of 27 passes with two interceptions. Hall also rushed 12 times for 69 yards and one TD.
Dierks held Foreman scoreless for the first period while the offense posted 14 points, which included the Kesterson-Dunn pass hook-up and an eight-yard run by McKinney. Dunn also hit his first two of three extra-point kicks in the opening quarter.
Foreman’s defense kept the Outlaws out of the endzone in the second quarter while their offense posted their first points of the night when Kolton Moore broke a 37-yard TD run. Sam Gamble added the kick to cut the Outlaw lead to 14-7.
The Outlaw defense again blanked the Gators in the third quarter but the Blue and White offense could only muster six points. The score came on a short run by Kesterston and put the Outlaws up, 20-7.
Both offenses fired up in the fourth quarter with Foreman posting 14 points and the Outlaws adding 13. Dunn capped a Dierks drive with a seven-yard run and Kesterson scored later on a six-yard run. Dunn’s extra-point kick set the Outlaws scoring at 33.
In the fourth quarter, Foreman’s Hall also scored from six yards out and also hit Derrick Magby for a 27-yard TD reception. Gamble kicked both the extra points for the 33-21 final.
The Outlaw tackle chart was topped by Kesterson with six stops and an interception. Lane Woodruff collected the other Gator misfire. Joyner and Cameron Brewer added four stops each and Tyler Miller, Jake Eudy, Dunn and Layne McWhorter registered three stops each. Also adding to the Outlaw defense were Alex Faulkner, Derek Hill and Clay McMellon.
Friday’s loss also evened the Foreman Gators’ conference record at 1-1 and 3-2 overall. The Gators will host the Lafayette County Cougars this Friday. The Cougars are 2-0 in conference and 4-1 overall.


Nashville classroom combines to win Leader’s football contest

Because their predicted score in the tiebreaker was ‘less wrong’ than other entries, Joy Freel’s afternoon class was the winner in last week’s football contest which was marred by upsets, including Nashville’s loss to Fountain Lake. The class will have to split a Sonic gift card. The students were tied with three other entries with seven correct picks, but none had figured on Nashville’s loss. The class’s margin prediction was the lowest, therefore was closest.
Scores of the games in last week’s contest:
Mt. Ida 47, Murfreesboro 38
Gurdon 52, Mineral Springs 2
Dierks 33, Foreman 21
Mena 36, Malvern 22
Auburn 41, LSU 7
Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17
Mississippi St. 48, Texas A&M 31
Arkansas Tech 18, UA-M 13
Harding 56, SAU 13
Fountain Lake 32, Nashville 29


Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Arctic M&Ms

ANIMAL CRACKERS. Anybody know if we’ve ever had ravens in these parts?
I’ve seen extra-large crows at least twice in the last week. I mean, EXTRA large! There were two perched on the railroad tracks just north of Mineral Springs, possibly waiting to headbutt an oncoming freight train.
And I saw some other really large black birds cavorting through the trees north of Ozan, Monday morning. These birds were just zipping around. It looked as if they were chasing each other for the fun of it. Buzzards don’t play like that.
THE SPEAKER at the Rotary Club last week talked about the Emerald Ash Borer which is wiping out the Ash tree population of America. We don’t have a lot of Ash around here like some other states. But Ash is dear to our hearts because it is the wood that baseball bats are made from. Used to be, Ash was used to make golf clubs. That’s how the club got the name ‘wood.’ Even though those clubs are now made of exotic metals, golfers still refer to them as ‘woods.’
Because most of us cannot tell the difference between Hickory, Pecan or Ash, all kinds of firewood are quarantined at certain state and federal camping sites. Unsuspecting hunters or campers might accidentally import the borers into a new area.
The speaker at Rotary said it was thought the bug got here from Asia in wooden shipping cartons.
KINDA LOST among all of the big football upsets last weekend was Bauxite’s win over Ashdown. It might be the first ever win for Bauxite over an ‘old’ District 7-AAAA team other than the teams like Fountain Lake, Waldron, and Mena which have lately been shuffled in and out of the conference.
And Mena handily whipped Nashville’s nemesis Malvern.
We’re not even mentioning what Fountain Lake did to our Scrappers. Who saw that coming? Why, it’d be like Bauxite upsetting Ashdown!
The upsets continued Saturday in the Southeastern Conference. In this newspaper’s football picking graphic from JR Schirmer, Eddie Cobb, myself and a guest picker, I had my worst picking weekend ever. Was correct on only four of the 10 games.
There were few good things in football last weekend. Texas and Michigan both lost. That helps my outlook. And Southern Cal got beat on a Hail Mary with time expired. Couldn’t happen to a better team. And Penn State also got beat. That’s always good.
I AM SO DISAPPOINTED in the political campaigns this year. Both sides (and their rich invisible supporters) have produced some really objectionable TV ads and postal mailouts. Lots of outright lies, stretched truth and innuendo. Nate Steel is a ‘lap dog’ for President Obama? Really? Who thought that up?
So, I am taking the high road. I will only say good things.
It’s easy in the case of James Lee Witt, candidate for the U.S. Congress. He’s a former county judge of Yell County, and then later managed the state’s Office of Emergency Services for then-Gov. Bill Clinton.
He did such a good job that when Clinton went to Washington, he took along James Lee and had him run the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He did so with efficiency and without scandal. So, he’s got experience and a good reputation.
Now we have a chance to elect a good man to the U.S. Congress. If you’re not voting for or against someone just because they have a R or a D after their name, James Lee Witt is a good choice.
BAD NEWS for dieters. I went in a convenience store last week and surrendered to a terrible temptation for M&M Peanuts. I bought a bag. It was $2.42 for a demitasse bag of the treats. At that price I will do better to make my own, I said to myself.
I’ve been looking on the Internet for a recipe. You can get a recipe for a nuclear weapon or for something to clean your headlight covers or how to humanely kill the precious little bugs infesting your landscape bushes, but science hasn’t yet come up with a simple, useable formula for homemade M&M Peanuts.
GREAT NEWS for dieters. Scientists have discovered that the loss of ice in the Antarctic has caused a change in Earth’s gravity. As a result, we all weigh less whether or not we’ve been dieting religiously.
Or enjoying store-bought M&M Peanuts.
And in the Arctic, last week an unaccompanied freighter completed the journey across the top of the globe, from Eastern Canada to Alaska, for the first time. It’s all due to loss of Arctic ice. The journey is 40% shorter than through Panama Canal, so other freighters will surely try to duplicate the trip.
It’s still icy in the Arctic. This particular ship can break through five feet of ice.
I could, too, if there were M&M Peanuts on the other side.
HE SAID: “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you’re riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” Bob Marley, musician
SHE SAID: “Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it.” Erma Bombeck, columnist

Obituaries (Week of Oct. 6, 2014)

Alfred D. Anderson
Alfred D. Anderson, 63, of Nashville, died October 1, 2014 in Texarkana, TX.
He was born Dec. 1, 1950 in Nashville, the son of the late Reecy Anderson and Fannie Lucille Briggs Anderson.
He attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Johnny Lee Tatum, Archie Lee, and KC Anderson; and three sisters, Rubie Lee, Jackie Lee, and Gloria Houston.
Survivors include: three brothers, JC Anderson of Hope, Reecy Anderson, Jr. of Nashville, and Leon Anderson of Texarkana, Ark.; four sisters, Earnestine McFall and Verdia Anderson both of Oakland, Calif., Jerline Davis of Mineral Springs, and Gladys Anderson of Bronx, New York.
Services were scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville. Burial was to follow in Sunset Gardens in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 6-8 p.m.
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Joyce Sherman
Joyce Sherman, 82 of Mineral Springs, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.
She was born Dec. 12, 1931 in Lockesburg, to the late Perry and Ethel Anderson Houser.
She was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita Hargrove, and a brother, Vondel Houser.
Survivors include: two sons, Jerry Sherman of Texarkana, Ark., and Ronnie Sherman of Lockesburg; two daughters, Elaine Owens of Nashville, and Glenna Dunaway of Nashville; two brothers, Perry Houser, Jr. of Texarkana, Ark., and Bobby Houser of Texas; two sisters, Delores Roundtree of Alvin, Texas, and Betty Germany of Huntsville, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Mineral Springs with Bro. Ben Jones officiating. Interment was to follow in Mineral Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
The family received friends Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. Send an online sympathy message to

Revised policy gives J-Turners second chance

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
Did you get a ticket for making a “J-Turn” in downtown Nashville? Don’t worry, all is forgiven. The Howard County District Court began a new policy for dealing with first-time J-Turn offenders, last week. If the cited driver makes an appearance in court, the fine will be forgiven unless there is a similar violation within three months. Any driver who does not wish to appear in court must forfeit bond of $125. The policy is the idea of the Nashville police department, District Court Judge Jessica Steel-Gunter told The Nashville Leader, Friday. She said she had met with Nashville Mayor Billy Ray Jones, Police Chief Dale Pierce, and her court’s chief clerk, and decided to go along with the suggestion to give offenders another chance because of a lack of awareness of the city ordinance. This week, in the The Nashville Leader’s district court docket report of last Thursday’s court session, there were four drivers whose citations were “taken under advisement” for three months. They were given no fine. All four drivers were present for court. The four were among a number of drivers who received J-Turn tickets during a recent two-day period of increased enforcement of the ordinance. The ordinance bans J-Turns in the four blocks of Main Street between the Nashville Post Office and the railroad tracks, commonly known as the Central Business District. On Sept. 25, 2012, the Nashville City Council passed Ordinance No. 920 making the traffic maneuver illegal and providing penalties.

Pike County raid nets 2 men on drug, firearm charges

On the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 23, officers from three different law enforcement agencies simultaneously executed two search warrants on Pike County’s Rock Creek Road, resulting in the arrest of two men on multiple drug and firearms charges.
Arrested were Windell C. “Tom” Mann, 49, and Robert S. Wilhite, 37. The men are reportedly kin to each other.
Mann is charged with possession of a controlled substance (Schedule II and III prescription medications) with purpose, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms and maintaining a drug premise. Wilhite is charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug premise.
Agencies involved included the South Central Drug Task Force, Pike County Sheriff’s Department and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The arrests were the result of a year-long SCDTF operation and investigation.
During the searches of the two men’s residences, officers confiscated $555,818 in cash, more than 1.5 pounds of marijuana, various prescription pills, scales and paraphernalia used in connection of the distribution of narcotics and 45 firearms.


This week’s Leader Pigskin Prediction winner

The ‘tiebreaker’ was needed to determine the winner in last week’s football contest. Regular participant Arthur Tinsley only missed two predictions, as did Mrs. Freel’s afternoon math class, and Becky Rowland of Murfreesboro. Tinsley predicted a 14-point winning Scrapper margin and the actual margin was 17. His was the closest, and he wins the prize, a Sonic gift csrd.
Because of a ‘Leader’ contributor’s error, the Alabama-Ole Miss game was listed a week early, therefore last week’s contest includes only nine games.
Scores of games in the contest:
Mount Ida 42, Mineral Springs 14
Lafayette Co., 42, Murfreesboro 36
Gurdon 44, Dierks 6
Mena 55, Ashdown 34
Fountain Lake 35, Waldron 13
Georgia 35, Tennessee 32
Kentucky 17, Vandy 7
Texas A&M 35, Arkansas 28 (OT)
Nashville 38, Arkadelphia 21

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Woodpile Rattler

ANIMAL CRACKERS. Anybody know if we’ve ever had ravens in these parts?
I’ve seen extra-large crows at least twice in the last week. I mean, EXTRA large! There were two perched on the railroad tracks just north of Mineral Springs, possibly waiting to headbutt an oncoming freight train.
And saw some others cavorting through the trees north of Ozan, Monday morning. Buzzards don’t play like that.
RALLY FOR THE REFUNDS. I am trying to find a good place to have the rally of persons who got a ticket for a J-Turn and paid the full fine in District Court. This was before the city of Nashville and the court last week began forgiving persons who commit the offense.
I’m guessing that some bigwigs got tickets and the city is bending under pressure.
I was so pleased when Nashville policemen started giving out tickets for J-turns a few weeks ago. After all, if you read the story in this week’s ‘Leader,’ you’ll see the city council adopted the ordinance in September of 2012. That’s two years, isn’t it?
This also probably means that the police department isn’t keen on the mayor deputizing me for J-Turn duty on Main Street.
I won’t be needing my swell camo uniform and badge. And I’ll stop complaining about whoever it is who is slowing down the application process for my concealed handgun permit. And I’ll stop begging the mayor to give me a swell badge and deputize me in an impressive public ceremony.
There’s no need of going to all that trouble now, since all is forgiven if’n you get a ticket.
“Slap on the wrist! Don’t do it again because the next time we really, really might give you a real ticket.” That quote is me imagining a J-Turner getting a stern lecture.
Anyway, it seems unfair that some people paid the full fines, and some people don’t have to pay at all. And that is the reason I am organizing the Rally for the Refunds.
And nothing has slowed the number of J-Turns in downtown Nashville.
I WAS AWAKENED at precisely 3:25 a.m., Sunday, by own screaming. I had been dreaming, again, about that Arkansas player tripping the Aggie and the ensuing penalty wiping out a sure score which would have won the game.
Why, oh, why won’t my feeble brain let loose of that dream.
Anyhow, at 3:26 I was standing out on my patio looking at the stars when a looooong lime-colored shooting star arc’d from south to north. It was breathtaking. And it reminded me that whatever happened in Dallas was just a game.
ARTICLE IN the “Arkansas Times” tells us that local bladesmith Jerry Fisk was visited recently by Jesse James, the outlaw car and motorcycle builder and ex-husband of a Hollywood actress whom he must’ve made really, really mad for no other reason than he chased other wimmen.
Anyway, Mr. James has a new program on the Discovery Channel called “American Craftsman” and he goes around interviewing people who make things by hand.
Can you imagine? Mr. James was out at Jerry’s place, and Jerry didn’t invite his favorite newspaper columnist to sit in on the conversation?
I reminded the “Times” that Jerry brags he graduated 9th in a class of 11 at Lockesburg High School.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. No names will be mentioned here because I am unsure about the Statute of Limitations for killing a rattlesnake (No, not the ‘Statue’ of Limitations; I think it is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC). I’ve heard the little reptilic darlings are a protected species, and any person who kills one could be facing penalties perhaps even more severe than for a J-Turn in downtown Nashville.
Well, some people would get a ticket; others would be forgiven. It all depends upon whom you are.
Anyway, I don’t want to stir things up. So, I hope you can follow this story.
A man in Mineral Springs named XXXX watched as his beloved dog, XXXX, barked and inserted his nose into the woodpile. The dog suddenly yelped and jumped backward obviously in pain. Upon inspection, Mr. XXXX noted two bloody puncture marks on XXXX’s nose.
He tore apart the woodpile and found a rattlesnake. This member of the protected species measured — after being rearranged by Mr. XXXX’s shotgun — more than 5 feet long. “Where’s there’s one, there’s others,” Mr. XXXX repeated the oft-told tale. So he dismantled the woodpile. Found and dispatched 18 — that’s eighteen — baby rattlesnakes. They also met untimely deaths at the hands of Mr. XXXXX.
His pooch wasn’t doing so good, so Mr. XXXX took it to the vet where, unfortunately, the canine friend died.
This sad and scary tale leaves me with a question: If Mr. XXX’s name gets out will he face one or 19 charges of killing a protected species?
I repeat this story in hopes that you’ll be careful if you dig in a woodpile.
And that reminds me to tell you that my anonymous benefactor has obviously been too busy this fall to bring me a modest stack of rattlesnake-free firewood for my firepit.
HE SAID: “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” Robert Frost, poet
SHE SAID: “Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.” Sarah McLachlan

Obituaries (Week of Sept. 29, 2014)

Mary Catherine
Kesterson Broyles
Mary Catherine Kesterson Broyles, age 59, a resident of Wickes, Ark., died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Dierks, Ark.
She was born Sept. 21, 2014 in Nashville, Ark.
Mrs. Broyles was preceded in death by her parents, William Joe and Joyce Lee Wilson Kesterson; a sister, JoElla Trejo; and brother, Roger Dale Kesterson.
She is survived by one daughter, Tambra Knight of Dierks; two sons and their spouses, Joseph Erwin and Dan Wardlow of El Prado, N.M. and Tyler and Alison Broyles of Hot Springs, Ark.; one sister, Rachel Marie Smead of Daisy, Ark.; a special friend, Clarence “Junior” Lamb of the Greens Chapel Community; and three grandchildren, Katie Ashbrooks, Alexander Broyles and Lexi Hughes.
Graveside memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in the Old Liberty Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
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Jeremy Lee Simms-Watson
Jeremy Lee Simms-Watson, 22, of Hot Springs died Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.
He was born Feb. 26, 1992 in Hope, to George and Yolanda Rogers Watson. He was a former resident of Mineral Springs. He was a former member of Tabernacle C.M.E. Church in Schaal, was a member of Haven U.M.C.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ebony Watson.
Survivors include: a son, Jeremy Simms of Hot Springs; siblings, Denise Watson of Hot Springs, George Watson, Jr, Scottanya Scott, Michelle Watson and Sabrina Watson, all of Little Rock; step-brothers and sisters AnReckez and Amanda Daniels; step-mother, Shelia Simms of Rosston.
Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 26 at the Tabernacle CME Church in the Schaal community with Rev. Chester Jones officiating. Burial followed in Jones Cemetery. Arrangements by Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services.
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Cooking for a Mission

Members of the Ridgeway Baptist Church in Nashville are currently raising funds for a mission trip to Senegal in West Africa on Nov. 6. Last week, church members (at left) Larry and Fayrene Elrod and J.T. Carter sold barbecue plates for the cause. In line for the meal were Misty Wilson and Chaughn Rogers.

Cruisin’ for a Cure event Oct. 4

The second annual Cruisin’ for a Cure benefit will be held at the Nashville City Park on Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The event will include a car, truck and motorcycle show as well as bingo, face painting, music and pulled pork sandwich plates prepared by Mike Erby and the Red River Credit Union Relay for Life Team.
All vehicles – “anything that moves” – are welcomed and awards will be handed out at 2 p.m.
For more information, contact Donna Clemons at (870) 200-2895.

Leader’s Pigskin Prediction winner

A Murfreesboro 11th-grader was the winner in last week’s football contest because he was one of the few pickers who thought Prescott would beat Hope.
Sutton Balch only missed one game — Mississippi State’s upset of LSU. He wins a Sonic gift card.
The actual scores of games in last week’s contest:
Murfreesboro 22, Centerpoint 19
Dierks 33, Fouke 18
Mena 35, Mansfield 14
Ashdown 40, De Queen 14
Prescott 58, Hope 38
Alabama 42, Florida 21
Miss. St. 34, LSU 29
Arkansas State 21, Utah State 14
Arkansas 52, No. Illinois 14
Nashville 22, Watson Chapel 13

Former Rattler band director pleads guilty to theft charge

By John Balch
Leader staff
South Pike County School District’s former band director pleaded guilty in Pike County Circuit Court Monday to stealing more than $3,000 from the district.
Robert W. Tucker, 37, now of Carl Junction, Mo., pleaded guilty to a felony theft of property charge which stemmed from an investigative audit conducted to review his handling of district funds during his time as band director. He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay the school back $3,079 plus $3,160 to the Arkansas Legislative Audit to cover the cost of the investigation.
Tucker, who pleaded not guilty to the charge earlier this year, was charged two years after the audit discovered he had taken and exercised “unauthorized control” of monies from band fund-raising activities.
Tucker was hired in June 2011 and resigned in February 2012 after being suspended for using profanity in the classroom and pending the outcome of an investigation in to “financial irregularities” discovered by school officials.
During Tucker’s paid suspension, Superintendent Roger Featherston sent him a letter that requested a written explanation “including as much evidence as possible” concerning funds for the band’s T-shirt and beef jerky sales. A second letter was also sent to Tucker again asking for explanation, but Tucker never replied to the letters and he submitted his resignation on Feb. 24, 2012. He and his family left Arkansas two days later for his home state of Michigan.
According to information filed on the case, the audit determined $2,912 was unaccounted for along with unauthorized disbursements of $167. “Unaccounted-for funds included $984 in T-shirt sales and fundraiser proceeds of $1,928 in beef jerky sales,” according to the audit. The unauthorized disbursements included $66 for “groceries and dog food” and a reimbursement of $101 without adequate documentation.
Tucker told an investigator in August 2013 that he had “received a letter from the State of Arkansas and he was under the impression that this was all a misunderstanding and that the school district was to blame.” He also stated he had reimbursed the district for the personal items he “inadvertently” purchased using the school district’s Walmart credit card. Featherston disputed Tucker’s claim and told the investigator that Tucker did not follow school district procedures and had not reimbursed the school for any of the unaccounted-for monies.
Tucker’s handling of the privately-funded Rattler Band Booster’s account was also part of the initial investigative audit but no charge was brought in relation to his use of a booster debit card to purchase personal items and food in the amount of $126.37. The day he left for Michigan, Tucker paid the band boosters back with $184 cash.
In May 2012, Tucker disputed the findings of the audit when he was contacted via Facebook. He told The Nashville Leader that he gave away close to a $1,000 worth of band T-shirts to office personnel and teachers. He added there were still band T-shirts in the band hall when he left.
“(The T-shirts) were never a fundraiser, although they tried to call it that,” Tucker wrote in response. “It was an expense, and I’m sure that the number of shirts I gave away will match the missing funds.”
As for the $1,928 unaccounted-for funds, Tucker replied, “I told the investigator to do an audit of the instrument room now, and put it against the inventory at the beginning of the year. I purchased a large number of instruments and they should find many instruments that were not there at the beginning of the year, at least 8-10 instruments were purchased, and that would show you where the missing $1,900 is.”
Tucker also questioned whether the instrument comparison inventory was ever conducted. “I requested the instrument inventory comparison months ago, and have seen no evidence of it being completed.”
When questioned during the audit, Tucker said he had used the money from the fundraisers to pay cash for band instruments at various pawn shops and yards sales and “did not think to get a receipt for them.” Tucker also stated that the school had done an inventory and it was proven the district had 15 or 16 new instruments he had purchased.


Elderly Delight woman’s death under investigation

The recent death of an elderly Pike County woman is currently under investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, according to Pike County Det. Sgt. Clark Kinzler.
The investigation involves the death of JoAnn Hembey, 72, of Delight, who died the night of Sept. 13.
Medical personnel were called to a home on the Caddo Gap Road after a call from Hembey’s son, Dustin Hembey, 35, who reported his mother had fallen and hit her head and he had found her unresponsive. Medics on the scene reported the patient’s injuries “were not consistent with the nature of the call.”
Dustin Hembey told authorities he had been in the home’s bedroom that night when he heard a sound like his mother had fallen in the living room. Case information states JoAnn Hembey is actually Mr. Hembey’s grandmother. He also told investigators he found his mother on the floor and that he had picked her up and moved her to the bedroom where he placed her oxygen mask on “because she was not breathing.” The patient was later air-lifted from the scene.
Kinzler said the home was secured and Dustin Hembey filled out a statement and signed a consent form to search the home. During the search, Kinzler found a .22 rifle stacked in the corner of the home with two air rifles as well as ammunition on the nightstand in Mr. Hembey’s room.
The discovery of the firearm in the home resulted in the arrest of Dustin Hembey, who has been “convicted multiple times of numerous felonies,” according to case information. He made a first appearance on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm on Monday, Sept. 15 in Pike County Circuit Court.
During court proceedings, Mr. Hembey’s bond was set at $250,000 and a mental evaluation was ordered after an outburst in court about his desire not to return to prison.


Celebrating Constitution Day

CELEBRATING CONSTITUTION DAY. The students and staff of the South Pike County School District celebrated Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The United States Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, pursuant to legislation passed by Congress, requires educational institutions which receive federal funding to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on Sept. 17 of each year, commemorating the signing of the document on Sept. 17, 1787. Pictured during the event reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is Dalton Manlove.

Area High School Friday Night Football

The undefeated Nashville Scrappers, coming off a 22-13 win over Watson Chapel, will host the Arkadelphia Badgers Friday night. Kick-off is at 7:30.
The 0-2 Mineral Springs Hornets will return to play Friday night in a conference game at Mount Ida. The Hornets are back in action after an open date. Kick-off in Mount Ida is at 7:00.
The undefeated Dierks Outlaws will open conference play on the road tonight against the 1-2 Gurdon Go-Devils. Kick-off is at 7:00. The Outlaws won over the Fouke Panthers last week, 33-18.
The Murfreesboro Rattlers, also 3-0, will open conference play Friday against Lafayette County Cougars. Kick-off is at 7:00. The Rattlers picked up their third win Friday with a 22-19 win over Pike County counterparts, the Centerpoint Knights.




Pike County Fair Winners

Senior Arts
Grand Champion
Don Watson
Grand Reserve
Johnce Parrish
Junior Arts
Grand Champion
Heather Jackson
Grand Reserve
Zach Young
Senior Baking
Grand Champion
Ginger Osborn
Spicy Pineapple Cake
Grand Reserve
Priscilla Owens
14 Kt. Carrot Cake
Junior Baking
Grand Champion
Alyssa Jones
Hello Dolly Cookies
Grand Reserve
Reagan Terrell
Apple Pie
Senior Clothing
Grand Champion
Lynna McWilliams
Toddler Dress
Grand Reserve
Renita Jackson
Wrap around Dress
Junior Clothing
Grand Champion
Malaya Graham
Summer Dress
Grand Reserve
Maria Eatmon
Cotton Skirt
Senior Crafts
Grand Champion
Juanita Tackett
Framed Leaf Painting
Grand Reserve
John Mark Baker
Metal Silhouette
Junior Crafts
Grand Champion
Rachel Kelly
Stenciled Wall Hanging
Grand Reserve
Alyssa Jones
Feathered Rock Owl
Senior Plant
Grand Champion
Teresa Ross Parrish
Glory Bower Plant
Grand Reserve
Teresa Ross Parrish
Purple Passion Plant
Junior Plant
Grand Champion
Baylie Clay
Moss Rose Plant
Grand Reserve
Senior Flower
Grand Champion
Teresa Lokey
Miniature Rose
Grand Reserve
Shelba Grubbs
Junior Flower
Grand Champion
Baylie Clay
Grand Reserve
Baylie Clay
Princess Feather
Senior Food Preservation
Grand Champion
Yvonne Edwards
Muscadine Syrup
Grand Reserve
Robert Walker
Junior Food Preservation
Grand Champion
Evelyn Nolen
Dill Relish
Grand Reserve
Katie Beth McWilliams
Kosher Dill
Senior Field Crops
Grand Champion
Jeannie York
Decorative Gourds
Grand Reserve
Louella Hawthorn
Brown Eggs
Junior Field Crops
Grand Champion
Alyssa Jones
Egg Plant
Grand Reserve
Kyle Rudolph
Senior Arts Quilts
Grand Champion
Yvonne Edwards
French Braid Quilt
Grand Reserve
Yvonne Edwards
Autumn Colors Quilt Top
Senior Household Arts
Grand Champion
Waymon Cox
Grand Reserve
Mike Lokey
Tissue Box
Junior Household Arts
Grand Champion
Baylie Clay
Grand Reserve
Alyssa Jones
Fleece Throw
Senior Photography
Grand Champion
Micah Niedenhofer
Grand Reserve
Johnnie Klein
Junior Photography
Grand Champion
Dodge Cowart
Barbed Wire
Grand Reserve
Megan Rowton
Senior Floral Arrangements
Grand Champion
Norma Self
Pink Lilies
Grand Reserve
Avonne Petty
Patriotic Display
Junior Floral Arrangements
Grand Champion
Alyssa Jones
Pastel Wreath
Grand Reserve
Baylie Clay
Autumn Grapevine Wreath
Junior Household Jewelry
Grand Champion
Maria Eatmon
Grand Reserve
Maria Eatmon
Senior Individual Booths
Grand Champion
Cammie York
Travel Safely
Grand Reserve
Heather Jackson
First Aid Kits
Junior Individual Booths
Grand Champion
Jackson Pannell
Firearm Safety
Grand Reserve
Baylie Clay
Benefits of Goat Milk
Cloverbud Booths
Grand Champion
Destini & Jackson Fatherree
Car Seat Safety
Grand Reserve
Sam Pettigrew
Dairy Cows
4-H Club Booths
Grand Champion
Delight Helping Hands
Grand Reserve
Busy Bees Club
EHC Booths
Grand Champion
Glenwood EHC
Grand Reserve
East Delight EHC
FCCLA Booths
Grand Champion
Centerpoint FCCLA
Grand Reserve
Murfreesboro FCCLA


Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Fun in Spa City

BECAUSE OF MY vast knowledge of the back streets of Hot Springs, I was able to get us to a parking place really, really near the stage on the next-to-last day of the Jazz Festival in Hot Springs, Saturday.
Saturday’s event was free and was held under the Regions Bank ‘bridge’ over Bridge Street real which is near the Convention Center. The area under the bridge is big enough to shelter twin stages for the bands, and lots of folding chairs for the audience. Purveyors of those noxious adult beverage had to set up tents outside the bridge cover.
The twin stages enabled organizers to set up one band while the preceding one was finishing its one-hour show. It was a good idea — no ‘dead’ time. We seamlessly slipped from one band into another.
This was my third year to go to the festival; my second one with the Navigator, who freely offered her advice on how to get around in Hot Springs.
A guy who was sorta the emcee said that this was the 23rd year for the festival, and I’ll just take his word for it. I don’t believe he was alive yet when the first one was held.
One year we heard big jazz orchestras from Henderson, Arkansas Tech, UA-Monticello and one other Arkansas school I can’t remember, now.
Only UA-Monticello was back this year. Our judgment at the time they all came to the festival was that UA-M’s band was the best. I was surprised, my apologies to UA-M alumni for not having high expectations.
We stayed long enough to hear four bands this year. I do love live music. Country, soul, oldie rock, jazz, classical — everything but rap which I do not consider to be real music.
Three of the bands we heard had horn sections. The exception was a foursome of Fayetteville hippies. Their band featured a drummer, a bassist, a guitarist and a guy who played the vibraphone. Their music was all original. All very good. The vibes player held two mallets in each hand and managed to play harmonies.
We looked forward to hearing the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra — mostly the same big musical group which played a couple of concerts in the Nashville City Park about 10 years ago. One of the guys in the trumpet section was Nashville native Mike Copeland. I talked to him after their set. He said he had taught music at Bismarck schools for nearly 30 years and was getting close to retirement. He also teaches my niece who goes to school there.
Ya gotta eat some time!
Navigator and I had split an order of French fries earlier, and decided at some point that it was high time to leave the music and go up Central to the ‘new’ Fat Jack’s Oyster Bar. We’ve frequented the original Fat Jack’s in Texarkana, but just hadn’t gotten around to trying the Hot Springs location. So we went there and split a couple of appetizers before getting on the road home.
Fat Jack’s was pretty neat, but it could be better. He needs something in the way of decor — possibly a Fabulous Fence Fishee hung on the wall.
We were back in time for the Razorback kickoff.
Arkansas won; LSU lost; Michigan lost; Missouri lost. The only way the day could have been better was if Texas had also lost, but the ‘Horns didn’t play.
MY MYSTEAK. Last week I mis-identified a picture of a guy fixing a BBQ sandwich at the Pack the Park event in Nashville. It was Rick Lacefield, not Wakefield. I’ve been having trouble with those Lacefields as several of you have reminded me.
MY REWARD. Got up just a little earlier for my usual morning walk, Monday. And, the day is considerably darker, now, at 5:30. Am I stoopid for getting up so early and walking? I asked myself. But I had been out less than 10 minutes before I saw two looooong, golden shooting stars. I had forgotten — that’s one of the rewards for getting out of bed early.
SALT OF the earth. You often hear that description, and it is an apt one for the late Joe Stuard of Dierks who served his community and fellow man by volunteering on the town ambulance service, fire and rescue department, chamber of commerce and with police.
Joe died Saturday far too early at age 61. See obituary in this issue.
Peace to his family and thanks to the Almighty for putting such people among us.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. There was no joking in “The Leader” office, Monday morning, about our Pam McAnelly’s pickup truck smelling like a skunk. Out of four vehicles lined up in her yard during the weekend, hers was the only one drenched by a passing polecat.
I said there was no joking and I meant it.
HE SAID: “I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.” Gustave Flaubert, French writer
SHE SAID: “It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.” Amelia Barr, American writer

Obituaries (Week of Sept. 22, 2014)

Dorothy J. Norwood Garner
Dorothy J. Norwood Garner, 88, of Nashville, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.
She was born Sept. 17, 1926 in Bingen, the daughter of the late Charlie Norwood and Carrie Jackson Norwood.
She was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church in Texarkana, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Garner.
Survivors include: two daughters, Kathryn McFarland and husband, Larry, of Greenwood, Ind., and Laura Carlton and husband, Joe, of Nashville; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Monday, Sept. 22, at Bingen-Ozan Cemetery in Bingen under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Gary Joe Stuard
Gary Joe Stuard, 61, of Dierks, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his home.
He was a volunteer for the Dierks Ambulance Service, Dierks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, chamber of commerce, and Dierks City Police.
He was preceded in death by his father, Claud Stuard; a brother, Ronald Stuard; and a sister, Eileen Stuard Wehunt.
Survivors include: his wife, Diane Stuard, of Dierks; mother, Marge Stuard of Iraan, Texas;  daughter, Jil Adams and husband, Mark, of Texarkana; and a daughter, Paige Stuard of Hot Springs.
Services were Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, at Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Restland Cemetery in Iraan, Texas.
Visitation will be Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, from 6-8 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
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Alton Parson
Alton Parson, 70, of Nashville, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
He was born Jan. 15,  1944 in Prescott, the son of the late Jewell Parsons and Lois Hartness Parsons King.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Beedie King and stepbrother, Jim King.
Survivors include: his wife, Laveda Parson of Ashdown; two sons, Alan Parson and wife, Catrina, of Nashville, and Ryan Parson and wife, Katie, of Little Rock; two daughters, Annette Fay and husband, Patrick of Vilonia, and Rena Koon and husband, Brooks of Mabelvale; four stepchildren, Susan Dancer of Fouke, Misty Porter, Marcia Mitchell, and Scott Porter all of Ashdown; two sisters, Ima Semmler of Mineral Springs, and Wilma Bowden of Nashville; one half-brother, Calvin Parsons of Pennsylvania; one half-sister, Rhoda Small of Hope; one step-sister, Doris Sillivan, of Missouri; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at Mineral Springs Cemetery with Bro. Don Embry of Ashdown and Bro. Tim Freel officiating under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
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Ivan Smith sets up at former grocery store after fire

FIRE AT FURNITURE CORNER. Firemen from Nashville and surrounding fire departments battle the blaze which heavily damaged Southwest’s Ivan Smith Furniture Friday night in downtown Nashville.

GETTING READY TO RE-OPEN. Ivan Smith will temporarily relocate to the former Charlie's Thriftway building following Friday night's fire.

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
A firewall between building sections kept the Friday night furniture store fire in Nashville from consuming more of the business site and merchandise.
As it is, Southwest Ivan Smith Furniture expects to open in temporary quarters Friday of this week.
Workmen were already at work Monday preparing the former Charlie’s Thriftway building on South Main to be the temporary home for the business. Customers needing to make payments should contact the Ivan Smith store in hope where Nashville salesperson D’Ann Rogers has temporarily located — phone 777-8681. That store is located on North Hervey St.
Nashville store manager Wanda Carter speculated that the business would operate out of the temporary headquarters for six months or more. She said that about one-third of the inventory was lost, but the firewall prevented more damage. “The firewall was amazing,” Carter said.
The firewall was installed in when the building was built first as a service station and automobile dealership. Upstairs was a roller rink.
In 1945 its history as a furniture began with owners Nathan Coulter, Joe Ball and Carl Freel, all now deceased. Later the business was owned and managed by Don Coulter, son of one of the founders, and was purchased in 1994 by Ray Blakely.
Blakely kept an office in the building after the sale to Ivan Smith. He told ‘The Leader’ he had moved almost all of his personal items, tax records and pictures from the store only about 10 days before the fire.
“Many thanks to all the firemen,” he told the newspaper.
Coulter said he watched the fire from across the street, and it was an emotional experience. “It’s saddening to watch part of your life for more than 50 years burn up.” Nashville Fire Marshal Jerry Harwell said that six area volunteer fire departments helped fight the blaze which apparently began in a shallow attic over the second floor of the original “Furniture Corner.”
Fire Marshal Harwell said that the fire call was received at 9 p.m. Trucks arrived at the scene, about four blocks from the fire station within five minutes. Firemen were on the scene until about 8:30 the following morning; then returned for about 45 minutes when the fire briefly rekindled just before noon Saturday.
Harwell said that the firewall and the building’s superior construction helped preserve the building and contents.
Harwell added his thanks to assisting fire departments and to the ambulance service.
Thanks were also offered by store manager Carter. “We want to say ‘thanks’ to all the area fire departments for coming out. They all did a phenomenal job.” She also thanked the community “Many of them turned out to witness the fire and offer support. Many of them cried with us, too.” She said that the public could expect a fire/smoke sale soon.

Leader’s Pigskin Predictions

Matthew McBride and Arthur Tinsley were practically neck-and-neck in last week’s football contest, and the ‘tiebreaker’ wasn’t much help in determining the winner.
Both contestants were correct on 9 of 10 picks, including Nashville’s win over De Queen. Both contestants missed on the South Carolina-Georgia game. In the end, McBride’s tiebreaker score prediction was two measley points closer to the actual Nashville-De Queen margin than was Tinsley’s. McBride wins a Sonic gift card.
Scores of the games in last week’s contest:
Dierks 47, Mountain Pine 14
Murfreesboro 6, Horatio 0
England 52, Mineral Springs 33
Hope 34, Ashdown 32
Arkadelphia 40, Sheridan 8
South Carolina 38, Georgia 35
Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 10
Miami 41, Arkansas State 20
Arkansas 49, Texas Tech 28
Nashville 45, De Queen 2

Murfreesboro mayor vetoes stop sign placement issue

By John Balch
Leader staff
Four days after the Murfreesboro City Council voted to place a four-way stop sign on a main thoroughfare, Mayor Travis Branch vetoed the stop sign.
The council’s decision to place a four-way stop at the intersection of 13th and Woodlawn was made on Monday, Sept. 8. Branch exercised his power to veto the decision on Thursday, Sept. 11.
“Due to the overabundance of objections from the public in regards to the placement of a stop sign on 13th and Woodlawn streets, I have decided to officially veto this decision of the City Council,” Branch wrote in a letter on file at the Murfreesboro City Hall. “I believe this to be a hindrance to the local farmers and ranchers who regularly use this thoroughfare to enter the city from their properties. Until this matter is revisited by the council, I believe this to be the correct recourse in this matter.”
The council had agreed by a 4-2 vote to place the stop sign at the intersection after hearing from residents Tony and Sam Rather, who live in the area and said they witness vehicles traveling at high rates of speed on a daily basis. The posted sped limit on 13th Street, which leads to the Murfreesboro City Park, is 25 mph. The sign would have been at the halfway point between the intersection of Maple and W. 13th and the park.
The Rathers had cited the safety of children at the park and in the surrounding neighborhoods and elderly drivers as the reasons for needing the stop sign.

Pike County hospital building, land to be auctioned off

By John Balch
Leader staff
The Pike County Quorum County voted Monday night to sell the former Pike County hospital building and land by auction after learning the North Carolina company that has owned the hospital has relinquished ownership back to the county.
Judge Don Baker recommendation the building and two acres of land be sold with the Quorum Court having the final say on whether to accept any offers.
“I’ve had all of the hospital I ever want,” Baker said, adding an auction would determine if anyone was interested in buying the building.
The facility, which has been closed since November, 2009, had been under the ownership of Kare Partners, a company based in North Carolina. The company purchased the hospital in 2012 from New Directions Health Systems, which purchased the hospital from the county in 2010. The hospital was involved in years of turmoil, including a failed lease agreement and mismanagement, before it was shuttered by the Arkansas Health Department in 2009.
Kare Partners had a plan to reopen the facility in 2013, but failed to do so, which resulted in Kart Partners, doing business as Pike County Operations, LLC, having to relinquish ownership back to the county.
The company claims it has spent $244,775 in operating the hospital since October, 2012 including $28,857 in building repairs and maintenance. The company also claims it lost $263,955 during that time, according to an undated letter from Kare Partners to Judge Baker and Quorum Court members.
The agreement between the company and Pike County stated that if the company failed to “provide medical services for a continuous two-month period prior to January, 2015 then it was required to relinquish ownership of the hospital to Pike County.”
The arrangement includes the contents of the building with the exception of various items that total $3,000, which the county is also expected to recoup, and all involved assets.
Quorum Court members voted 9-0 to sell the building and land at auction and also gave Judge Baker the authority to find an auction company to handle the process.
Kare Partners opened an urgent care clinic in Murfreesboro in early 2013, which was also a failure. An arm of Kare Partners, Compleat Rehab, opened a rehabilitation clinic in Glenwood in November, 2013, which is still in operation but has been sold.

Pike County to make pitch for new state prison

By John Balch
Leader Staff
Pike County will join the five other Arkansas counties that have so far expressed a desire to become the home of a new proposed $100 million state prison.
The Pike County Quorum Court approved a resolution Monday to submit an “expression of interest” to the Arkansas Department of Correction to have Pike County considered for the 1,000-bed maximum security correctional facility. Thus far, the other counties jockeying for the prison are Jackson, Mississippi and Lawrence counties and a joint effort by Columbia and Ouachita counties. Mississippi County is the county so far that has actually submitted a proposal. More counties are likely to apply before the Oct. 24 deadline.
Judge Don Baker said the prison, which will be constructed and operated by the ADC, is expected to have an annual budget of $38 million and could create more than 250 jobs. The 1,000-bed prison will also be “expandable to approximately 2,000 beds.”
Baker also said the facility will require at least 400 acres, which the county will have to donate. He said he has three locations in mind within the county that could be used to house the prison and added he hopes the property owners will be open to the idea of donating the land.
Baker said he already has the West Central Planning and Development District working on issues related to making the proposal and that he plans to get with the county’s mayors to further discuss the matter. He said the prison would require water and sewer services, which would be provided by the cities.

District terminates construction project contract, will re-bid NHS project

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville School Board Monday night voted 4-0 to terminate the district’s contract with Crawford Construction and re-bid the courtyard and cafeteria project at Nashville High School.
Superintendent Doug Graham said the district will “go to others who expressed interest” in the project and “try to get Phase 4 within budget.”
Crawford was the contractor for the first three phases of the district’s facilities improvement project, including seven new classrooms at NHS, new library and cafeteria at Nashville Junior High, and Scrapper Arena.
Phase 4 is to include enclosing about two thirds of the NHS courtyard and constructing a new cafeteria. The original bid came in at $4.8 million, Graham said during a board workshop Sept. 4, and was scaled back. The second try produced a bid of $3.4 million, which Graham said was “still too high.”
Graham and architect Craig Boone of Architecture Plus met with Crawford four weeks ago to see if any other cuts could be made. The result was that “$3.3 million was the figure with the reductions. We cut back and only saved $100,000,” Graham said. That amount is still above budget for the project.
“Crawford has hammered the subcontractors. I don’t know if they will come down any more. If we re-bid, subs might not be interested in it again,” Graham said at the workshop.
Graham and Boone said the bid might get down to $3.2 million, which would still be about $400,000 above budget.
Graham said at the workshop that he was “terribly disappointed” in the $3.3 million figure. He asked board members to consider the matter and make a decision at Monday night’s meeting.
Graham and Boone said at the workshop that the quality of Crawford’s work on the other three phases of the project was excellent. “The quality Crawford requires [from subcontractors] is high,” Boone said.
If the district is unable to get the project within budget, Graham said Monday night that a stand-alone cafeteria in the parking lot for the old gym is a possibility.
The stand-alone facility would not require a firewall between it and the existing building, which drove up the amount of the other bids from Crawford.
State partnership funds will pay $500,0000 to $600,000 on the high school project, Graham said at the workshop. Partnership money also helped pay for the arena and the other work at high school and junior high.
In other business Monday night, the board approved the district’s budget for 2014-15. The budget projects $18,487,950 in income and $14,885,095 in expenses. The projected operating balance on June 30, 2015, is $3,602,858.
At the board workshop, Graham presented a budget with a balance of about $3.9 million. He said that the amount was lowered after cuts in state funding for the district were announced.
The budget does not include funding for all juniors to take the ACT in March. Graham said at the board workshop that he was considering removing the free ACT in order to save money. He said that of about 140 juniors who take it, about 40 don’t want to be there.
He said the March test is not given on a national ACT day and is not accepted for scholarships.
Removing the test will save about $5,100, according to Graham.
The budget does include catastrophic insurance coverage for students above the amount already provided in the district’s insurance policy.
The board voted 4-0 to approve the new budget.
Board members voted Monday to approve the special education budget for 2014-15. The board also approved 2012-13 retired expenditures for equipment no longer in use. The list included 90 items, Graham said. Some other unused equipment was sold early in the summer at the district’s sidewalk sale.
Earlier in the year, Graham discussed the possibility of outsourcing the district’s food services program. “If we were going to do it, we would need to submit a letter of intent in October. I’m not ready at this time to recommend the letter of intent based on [budget constraints] and upgrades in our food services program,” Graham said Monday.
The board accepted resignations from Casey Parker, food services; and Roger Chandler, primary school custodian.
The board hired Joe Jordan as full-time custodian at junior high.
Prior to the regular board meeting, the district presented its annual report to the public. The one-hour session included presentations by building principals Shirley Wright, Latito Williams, Deb Tackett and Tate Gordon, GT coordinator Kristi Cox, Assistant Superintendent Joe Kell and transportation director James “Bunch” Nichols.
The district’s total enrollment as of Monday was 1,903 students, a drop of 33 from the three-quarter average last year, Graham said.
The decline means a loss of about $210,000 in state funding for 2015-16, Graham said.
Next week’s Leader will include the report to the public.
Board members present Monday night included president Mark Canaday, Randy Elliott, David Hilliard and Monica Clark.


LET THE MAN PERFORM. Mike Eudy turns loose on one of his original songs during his performance onstage Saturday at the Nashville City Park during the Pack the Park benefit.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: The Geezer Celebrates

REMEMBER IN THE first half of the football game against Auburn when Arkansas looked pretty good? Then we didn’t show up for the second half?
Well, Nashville police may be using the same strategy.
For two days recently they ‘worked’ downtown Nashville and gave out a bunch of J-Turn tickets. That ended after about a day and a half in which the officers could have worked themselves into exhaustion. And could have scribbled completely through their ticket books.
Seriously. You can’t stand on the sidewalk anywhere between the post office and the railroad tracks for 15 minutes and not see several J-Turners.
Why did the police quit?
In just a few minutes standing at the Regions Bank corner I saw:
A yellow Hummer making a J-Turn into a handicapped parking space in front of the post office. A well-used black four door pickup making a J-turn in front of McLaughlin Insurance. A white Toyota J-Turning in front of the chamber of commerce. A white Tahoe at the accountants’ office.
I could go on and on. Two days of ticketing did not slow ‘em down a bit.
There may be salvation on the horizon. As soon as some of those J-Turners who got tickets cough up their fines in District Court the city might be able to pay for my swell badge. The mayor could then deputize me and I’ll go about saving our town from J-Turns.
Here is my pledge: I will not relent. I will not give out warning tickets except to good friends and those ladies who flutter their eyelids at the arresting officer.
And let me add something here: Congratulations to those drivers in downtown Nashville who do NOT make J-Turns. The great majority follow the law and exhibit common courtesy.
THE OCCASION OF my 71st birthday brought distinguished visitors during the weekend. Daughter Julie and Miss Carsyn Elizabeth Murphy, age 11, were here and we had hoped to be able to take a swim in my pool.
But you know what happened to the weather. In two days the water temperature in my pool fell by 11 degrees. Only a seal or an Eskimo could stand to be in the water for long.
So, I broke out my firepit. It had been covered with a small tarp and stuck in a patio corner since last March. I still had a few sticks of firewood left over, so we had a swell campfire Saturday night.
There is just something real nice about dancing flames on a cool, dark night.
I was pretty tightfisted with the firewood, however.
It’s time for my unknown benefactor to bring more short sticks of firewood. I’d be willing to swap a “Get Out of a J-Turn Ticket” coupon for a small stack of cured hardwood.
THE OCCASION OF my birthday also brought a cake to our office. Blue writing on white icing: “Happy Birthday to the Old Geezer.”
I’ll be getting even with someone over that.
MARK THE DATE. Saturday, Sept. 27, Mineral Springs Church of Christ will host its fourth annual “Great Give Away.” Everything is free: baby clothes, car seats, dishes, purses, shoes, toys, etc.
Hours will be from 8-noon. Big, big crowds in the past. An unusual and wonderful project.
JOKES AND TALENT. On stage at the Pack the Park event, Saturday, Elementary School art teacher Mike Eudy joked about performing for crickets. Well, there wasn’t much of an audience at the time. Another former resident, Clay Franklin, also performed. I confess I didn’t recognize Clay who nowadays hides behind a silver beard.
But Eudy’s songs were notably musical and clever. Home grown lyrics about Messer Creek and family get-togethers and food fare for country folk. He can sing and dance and joke and tune and play the geeeetar all at the same time. That’s what I call talent.
Mike is currently leading the teachers weight loss competition at his school.
The Pack the Park event raised funds for restoration of the museum. Thanks to all who worked on the project.
Notably present was Jeremy Ross of Hollywood who is a candidate to replace our town’s Nate Steel in the State Legislature. Jeremy had his wife, Lori, and son, Turner, with him to oooooh and aaaaaah over the beautiful cars on display.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. Our area’s Mississippi Kites have flown the coop. Sometime last week they stopped circling the breakfast table in southwest Arkansas and flew off to wherever it is they go in the ‘off season.’
It seems to me that they left earlier this year than in years past. Reckon it means fall gets here sooner?
HE SAID: “Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.” Henny Youngman, musician and comic
SHE SAID: “We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.” Katharine Hepburn, actress

Obituaries (Week of Sept. 15, 2014)

Harvey McRae Arnold
Harvey McRae Arnold, 94, of Searcy, Ark., died Sept. 4, 2014.
He was born July 8, 1920, in Izard County, Ark., to the late James Columbus and Blonda Gertrude Arnold.
He was an Army Air Corps veteran of WWII, and served as a minister of Churches of Christ for 70 years. He was minister of the Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville in the years 1956-59.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby, and three brothers.
Survivors include: his sons, James E. Arnold of New York City, Wayne L. Arnold of Austin, Texas, and a daughter, Janice R. Arnold of Austin, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at the Sylvan Hills Church of Christ in Sherwood, Ark., on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. He was cremated and his ashes were placed in a crypt with those of his wife of 65 years.
Memorials may be made to Searcy Children’s Homes, 208 E. Moore Ave., Searcy, AR 72143.
Thelma D. Ashley
Thelma D. Ashley. 82, died Sept. 13, 2014, at Sweetwater, Okla.
She was born Jan. 24, 1932 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma to Emma and L. Mark Davis.
She had been a Sunday School teacher at the Sweetwater Assembly of God Church for the past 28 years where her husband was pastor.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Letha Moxley and
Zola Clements; two brothers, Vernon and Harold Davis, and a grandson.
Survivors include: her husband, J. M. Ashley; three daughters,
Marolyn Bridges and husband, Farrell, of Marlow, Okla., Suzie Elroy, of Marlow,
Denise Drake and husband, Wayne, of Bartlesville, Okla.; four sons, Rickie
Ashley and wife, Cathy, of Denton, Texas, John Ashley and wife, Suzanne,
of Stratford, Texas, Steve Ashley, of Nashville, Ark. and Thomas Ashley and wife,
Miriam, of Pryor, Okla; three sisters, Wynona Davis, Granite, Okla., Elma Newcombe,
Chandler, Okla., and Greta Sirmons, Justin, Texas; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday, Sept., and funeral services were Tuesday, Sept.ember 16, 2014 at Elk City First Assembly of God, officiated by Pastor Jimmy
Keith and Bro. Ray Smart. Burial was Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 at Marlow Cemetery under the direction of Rose Chapel Funeral Service.
Marie Rooks Horn
Marie Rooks Horn, 92, of Nashville, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Hot Springs.
She was born July 11, 1922, in Nathan, Ark., the daughter of the late Wiley Anthony Jones and Lessie Williams Jones.
She was a member at the Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Emory Rooks; second husband, Elmer Horn; and three sisters, Edna Westfall, Loueze Austin, and Ruth Watson.
Survivors include: her daughter, Janice Ragar; three grandchildren, Jamie Dowdy and husband, Mark, of Nashville, Dee Garner and husband, Jerrell, of Nashville, and Sam Ragar and wife, Melissa, of Nashville; five great-grandchildren, Steven Robins and wife, Aubrey, of El Dorado, Josh Robins and wife, Emily, of Nashville, Christopher Carroll of Conway, and Ella and Ava Ragar of Nashville.
Funeral Services were Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville with Bro. Joe Martin and Bro. Phillip Turner officiating. Burial followed at the New Corinth Cemetery in Nashville.
Visitation was Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville.
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Howard County Fair Talent Show Winners

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

Howard County Fair Livestock Show Winners

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

UA Cossatot sets enrollment record

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


Nashville district looks at budget, last phase of construction

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


Four-way stop approved near Murfreesboro City Park

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


Nashville netters take wins over Hope

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

Life lessons taught by little white ball

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

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

NHS cheer clinic Sept. 26

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

Murfreesboro picker wins Week 1 of Leader’s contest

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

Obituaries (Week of Sept. 8, 2014)

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

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Blue Ribbon, Baby

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

Weyerhaeuser to build new mill at Dierks

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

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

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

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

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

CCCUA Chancellor Steve Cole and Molly Sirigiri

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


Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: County Fair Art

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

Obituaries (Week of Sept. 1, 2014)

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

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

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Cooperation among officials returns teacher to classroom

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

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

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


Nashville man changes plea in animal cruelty case

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

Jury trial lengthens defendant’s sentence

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

$91K approved for new bleachers in Murfreesboro gym

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

Rally planned Saturday at Albert Pike campground

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

Internet stalker gets 10-year sentence

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


Obituaries (Week of Aug. 25, 2014)

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


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

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

Pearcy man arrested after 3-county chase

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

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


‘Positives’ seen at Scrapper scrimmage

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

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


Oldtimer Scrapper Breakfast

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

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

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

Obituaries (Week of Aug. 18, 2014)

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

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

Defendant sentenced after rape charge amended to assault

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

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

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

Obituaries (Week of Aug. 11, 2014)

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

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Antenna Wars

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

House fire in Murfreesboro

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

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

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


Improvements, events keep park chair busy all year

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


Mutton Bustin’ at the Pine Tree Festival

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

Sign up now for Howard County Fair youth talent contest

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

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

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

Political rally Saturday to draw top Democrats

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

Felony reduced to misdemeanor; sentences issued

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


Area schools to registration, open house events Aug. 14

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


Corporate sponsors sought by Scrapper Booster Club

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

Scrapperettes go 4-2 at UALR camp

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

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

Scrappers hit field in preparation for Sept. 5 opener

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

Local senator helps with hunger relief

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

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

Obituaries (Week of Aug. 4, 2014)

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

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Welcome Ebola

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

Storm clean-up continues

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

Tradition Continues: Faithful gather for Ebenezer Camp

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

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

HMH Foundation fish fry Aug. 7

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