‘Living A Dream’ – New physician finds town welcoming, seeks to promote healthy lifestyles for patients

Dr. Syed Javed

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
“Every day is like living a dream.”
That’s how Dr. Syed Javed describes his new medical practice in Nashville.
Dr. Javed opened his office in the Medical Office Building on the Howard Memorial Hospital campus earlier this year. His arrival in Nashville marked the completion of a recruitment effort which began more than one year ago.
Dr. Javed graduated in 2004 from Keyber Medical College in Peshawar, Pakistan. He worked in two internships, the first in 2005 in medicine at Government Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, the second in 2006 in surgery at the same facility.
He completed his residency in 2013 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, in family medicine.
Dr. Javed is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
“I’m blessed to be here,” Dr. Javed said of his practice in Nashville. “These are wonderful people, very welcoming. The whole town will go the extra mile” to help.
Dr. Javed’s journey to Nashville took him from Pakistan to Toledo to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and to the United Kingdom before he came to Arkansas.
Along the way, he was on scholarship at Houston. He worked under a published physician who specialized in stomach infections and became a mentor to Dr. Javed.
“I still look up to him. He thought I should train in the clinical aspects of medicine.”
Dr. Javed said his residency brought a major change in his life. “I wanted to learn about international work,” he said. He learned from his travels and “became a better person.”
During his year in the United Kingdom, “I was fascinated by the free health care there. I practiced there. I was familiar with English culture. Then I decided to go back to the United States.”
Dr. Javed applied for the position at Howard Memorial. “We interviewed each other. My ideas matched theirs on primary care. I believe in holistic care. Everything else is secondary.”
HMH and Dr. Javed completed the necessary paperwork for him to practice in Nashville, and he arrived in February during one of the rounds of wintry weather in the area.
Dr. Javed’s interest in medicine goes back to his childhood. “My father was an Army guy. He considered the medical profession very sacred. It’s a good way to earn a living in the best way, touching human life. This is a big responsibility which God has given us. We are the chosen ones. We must be careful in delivering patient care,” he said.
Dr. Javed has a brother and a sister. “All three of us aspired to be doctors. Dad told us that was the best profession we could have. We knew we had to study. We faced hardships and financial constraints. We worked while others were having fun, but we saw the light on the other side.”
Today, Dr. Javed’s brother is in Australia, and his sister is in the United Kingdom.
The family members get together when they can “and have a good time.”
Dr. Javed’s wife Saira is a radiologist in training. “She’s been an inspiration in my life. She’s helped in the most difficult times. She’s an ideal companion and friend. God has been really kind to me.”
Dr. Javed said his Nashville practice is “going well. I look forward to more patients. I love them. They become part of the family.”
People in the area need quality healthcare, Dr. Javed said. “I encourage a healthy lifestyle. That’s the main thing. I see the result of healthcare and it encourages me so much.”
Dr. Javed said he is “blessed with a wonderful team” at his Nashville office. “We try to make an impact.”
As a family physician, Dr. Javed wants to “provide a holistic approach to the patients and their families. Preventive health care is important to address. Colonoscopies, mammograms, vaccines, smoking cessation, not abusing alcohol, lowering cholesterol, all are important. Once we do that, we know where to go from there. We’ve ruled out a lot. It’s a systematic, organized focus. Even if there are positive results, we know where to start.”
Prevention is important, according to Dr. Javed. “We follow the latest guidelines. They are set by research-based medicine. I believe if we address the preventive part of healthcare, we can save emergency visits and improve the patient’s well being,” he said.
Dr. Javed said he attempts to “guide patients to what’s right and let them decide themselves. I want them to listen to me. We will walk hand in hand together and cross bridges together.”
Dr. Javed has “no problem in deferring to a specialist. The moment I feel I need help, I will get other doctors and learn from those things. If I refer a patient once, I know what to do the next time.”
Practicing in a smaller town instead of in a large city has advantages, according to Dr. Javed. “People know you. People recognize you. People respect you. That keeps us going. You pretty much have a lot going on.”
When he’s not at the office, Dr. Javed’s free time still involves a healthy lifestyle. “I work out regularly to stay in shape. I do cardiac stuff. When you speak to patients, you need to be in good shape to make them believe in you. You earn their trust so they can identify with you.”
The family doctor should be able to become a friend and “encourage patients to have a healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Javed said.
Dr. Javed enjoys water sports, including skiing and snorkeling. He’s tried sky diving and “loved it.”
Mountaineering and hiking are also among his favorites because of the opportunity to be “close to nature,” he said.
In addition to outdoor activities, “I read a lot, apart from medical journals. I watch movies. I like the more inspirational movies where I can learn a lot.”


Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Life in the Fast Lane

I HATE TO DISPEL the notion some of you have about the sizzling quality of my life. Some of you believe that I live in a whirl of excitement accompanied by luscious damsels, going to meetings with important and rich people, and constantly on the move making mucho trips to exotic places.
Well, I do drive my pickup truck to some far off places. Like Buckner, Arkansas (Pop. 37), where Eddie Cobb and I once got lost for 45 minutes on the way to a football game. Buckner is so small it don’t even have an EZ Mart or a Mexican restaurant. It does, however, have two paved streets, but one of them is a state highway.
And, I’ve been to Bodcaw. Bet you haven’t.
But not all is glitter and glamour in the life of a newspaper columnist.
Take Saturday, for instance. It was an exciting day by my standards.
It started off with a trip to Walmart where I bought some Comet cleanser and some sponges.
I scrubbed my shower stall thoroughly with the aforementioned Comet. This was between 6:30 and 6:52 in the morning.
This is where the story really gets interesting.
I thought my shower stall was gray, but it wasn’t. It was really white underneath a certain amount of grime. But it’s scrubbed sanitation white now, and I’m hopeful that it will remain that way for another 8-10 years.
Best of all, the Comet left my shower stall smelling forest fresh. Even better, Comet now comes in a tall can with 20% more cleanser.
It’s hard to beat the thrill of scrubbing the bathroom on a Saturday morning.
My day even ended with excitement.
I came down with diarrhea that afternoon, but that’s another story and I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested.
Too much excitement isn’t a good thing.
OUR TOWN’S great problem continues to be illegal ‘J-Turns’ in the central business district. This is serious because it flies in the face of a law adopted by the city council more than two years ago. Our city fathers and mothers wanted to stop drivers from cutting across oncoming traffic in order to get to an open parking spot on the other side of the street.
J-Turns first came to Nashville in 1987 when a bigshot from New Boston wanted to drop off a big bag of trash and he spotted a downtown trash can.
When he cut across Main Street to get to the last open parking space in front of the Merle Norman Studio, he nearly ran over a pore ole widder woman. It gave her a case of the vapors and it took her three whole days to recover.
Stirred by that incident, and purely out of the goodness of my heart, I volunteered to be a Deputy J-Turn Ticket Officer. I applied to get my concealed handgun carry permit renewed, and out of my own pocket I purchased a camouflage uniform from an Army-Navy Surplus store (The only uniform that would fit my waist was a leftover Air Force uniform in pink, but that’s another story and I’m sure you wouldn’t be interested).
A Facebook Friend offered to buy me a chrome police whistle only if the city would issue me a real badge. That’s the equivalent of a 50-50 grant, I suppose.
It soon became obvious that the mayor was ignoring my generous offer, perhaps preferring to put his attention on minor items such as the city budget, the construction of a new sewer plant, and our town’s water needs for the next 20 years. Good intentions, however, are not going to stop J-Turns.
This recent rainy spate has made me realize that I am also going to need a yellow slicker suit to wear on wet days. I’m not young enough to stand out in the rain for long hours in order to catch some Texan trying to zip across Main Street unnoticed.
Standing out in the rain like that will give you diarrhea.
HEARD FROM. Juantez Calley shares my problem with squirrels getting into the birdfeeder. She suggests that I put some red pepper in with the birdseed. “It doesn’t bother the birds but the squirrels sure don’t like it.”
I don’t mind if the squirrels drop in for an occasional snack, but in reality they just take over the feeder and splatter food everywhere. I hate to see the songbirds sitting mournfully and silently on a fencepost watching the squirrels hog the feeder.
I also hate to think about what might spring up in my landscaping from the seeds that were spilled out of the birdfeeder.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) a forwarded email: Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
HE SAID: “I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting.” ANDY ROONEY, tv news commentator
SHE SAID: “The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.” AGATHA CHRISTIE, novelist

Obituaries (Week of April 15, 2015)

Wanda Jean Sweeden
Wanda Jean Sweeden, 82, of Murfreesboro, Ark., passed away on Monday, April 13, 2015 in Murfreesboro. She was born on Dec. 27, 1932 in Highland, Ark., the daughter of the late Newport Floyd and Ida Mae Lingo.
Mrs. Sweeden was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, member of the United Methodist Women, and EMMAUS. She was an avid Rattler, Razorback, and Cowboy fan. She was a nurse for the Murfreesboro public school and Dr. Turbeville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Merlie “Bud” Sweeden; son, Jerry L. Sweeden; four sisters; one brother; and son-in-law, Billy Lauterbach.
Survivors include: one daughter, Shirley Lauterbach of Murfreesboro; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Sweeden of Murfreesboro; granddaughter, Brandy Sweeden Dixon and husband, Kris; grandsons, Chris Richardson and Jeff Maybee; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro with Rev. James Wainscott officiating. Burial to follow at Academy Cemetery in Nathan under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation will be on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel, Murfreesboro.
You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Hugh Harris
Hugh Harris, 77, of Mineral Springs died Friday, April 3, 2015.
He was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Graves Chapel. the son of the late Robert and Susie Craig Harris.
He was retired from Weyerhaeuser.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frankie Lenora Langston-Harris, and three of his siblings: sisters Juanita Gamble, Edna Graves and his brother Jimmy, Nile Harris.
Survivors include: his second wife, Helen Winstead of Mineral Springs; six daughters, Suzanne Haney of Texarkana, Texas, Lola Hopkins, Frankie Harris, Lois White and Cathy Conway, all of Mineral Springs, and Joe Ann Harris of North Little Rock; three sisters, Tereasa White and Betty Anderson of Hot Springs, and Sadie Harris of Mineral Springs; also grandchildren.
Visitation was 11 – 5 Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11 at Mineral Springs Gymnasium. Burial was at Flint Hill Cemetery in Mineral Springs with arrangements by Hicks Funeral Home, Inc.
Sally Kay Comeaux
Sally Kay Comeaux, 68, of Hot Springs died April 3, 2015 .
She was born Sept. 2, 1946, the daughter of the late Joe Upchurch and Ruby Wakefield Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her stepfather, J.D. Rogers.
Survivors include: her son, Joe Comeaux and wife, Eva, and a brother, Steve Upchurch.
Graveside services were Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the County Line Cemetery in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
James E. Honeycutt
Bro. James E. Honeycutt, 70, of Hope, died Friday, April 3, 2015.
He was the son of the late Irvin and Pearl Honeycutt.
He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
He began his 44-year ministry in Umpire, Ark., and served in other churches in
Howard and Hempstead Counties.
Survivors include: his wife, of 51 years, Margaret Fulton Honeycutt of Hope; a son, James Steven Honeycutt and wife, Shalah, of Hope; daughters, Laura Henderson and husband, Wesley, of Texarkana, and Hollie Lessard and husband, Greg, of Texarkana; a brother, Robert Honeycutt of Prescott; a sister, Mary Parker of Hope; also grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Visitation was Monday, April 6, 2015. Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 at BRAZZEL/Oakcrest Funeral Home in Hope. Burial followed in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope.

Update: Former Pike County inmate’s case unofficially settled for $19,500

(Update: The lawyer who represented three former Pike County employees involved in this federal case contacted The Nashville Leader via email Wednesday afternoon to announce that the case has been unofficially settled for $19,500. “This case is not officially settled yet since no settlement agreement has been signed. But, we agreed on the amount of $19,500 at the settlement conference,” said attorney Nick Windle.)
By John Balch
Leader staff
The federal civil rights complaint filed by a female inmate against three former Pike County employees was unofficially settled last week. But, the amount of the settlement has not been released, and may not be, according to Pike County Sheriff Charlie Caldwell.
The complaint was filed by Tina A. Morgan of Malvern against former sheriff, Preston “Pep” Glenn, and former jail employees, Kenny White and Paul Cowart. The case, first filed in the United States District Court, Western Division of Arkansas in 2011 and later revised and re-filed in 2012, was scheduled for a bench trial on April 16. The trial date was cancelled when both parties reportedly agreed to a settlement during a hearing held March 31 in Texarkana.
Morgan, who is currently an inmate in the state prison system, spent eight months incarcerated at the Pike County Jail in 2009-2010. During that time, she contended her constitutional rights were violated when she was sexually harassed and coerced into exposing herself to male inmates and jailers, according to case information.
Morgan alleged that state-assigned inmates known as “309s” were regularly allowed into the jail’s female holding pods and were allowed to engage in sexual acts with the female inmates. The 309s would also give female inmates treats in exchange for exposing themselves, she said.
The plaintiff further alleged when she initially informed Glenn of the situation that he failed to put safeguards in place and did not make any changes in policies and procedures. Morgan also stated she informed Glenn on three different occasions, and another female inmate also allegedly made a complaint about the activity. Morgan claimed to have documented the incident dates on a homemade calendar and also saved physical evidence.
White’s and Cowart’s alleged involvement includes accusations that they made requests of a sexual nature over the jail’s intercom system and also continued to allow the 309s access to the female holding pod. The two former jailers are also accused of developing a signal using flashlights for the female inmates to “let them know it was time” to perform lewd acts. Morgan contended if the inmates did not perform that items such as ice cream, food and cigarettes would be withheld as punishment or that the items would be used for coercion.
The Arkansas Department of Correction eventually became aware of the alleged conduct involving the state prisoners and the Act 309 inmate program was discontinued at the Pike County Jail the summer of 2011. The state prisoners are housed at a county level throughout the state to increase the number of state prison beds, reduce costs of incarceration and assists sheriffs with manpower. Counties are paid to house the state’s inmates.
Morgan initially requested that part of her judgment involve the removal of Glenn, Cowart and White from their positions, a sentence reduction, and “monetary gain for mental damages.” Her request for judgment was later revised to include a total of $4 million for mental and monetary damages.
Sheriff Caldwell confirmed Monday that the case had been settled, but said he was advised by the county’s legal counsel not to release the settlement amount. He also said the legal counsel told him the amount would be exempt from disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
The three county defendants were represented by Nick R. Windle and C. Burt Newell. Neither attorney responded to phone calls or emails from The Nashville Leader.
The Nashville Leader has submitted formal Freedom of Information Act requests to Sheriff Caldwell and Pike County Judge Dewight Mack to release the settlement terms. Judge Mack, who took office Jan. 1, said Monday he has no knowledge of the case or the settlement terms. Ninth Judicial District West Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir also said Monday he was not aware of the settlement terms or whether their disclosure was exempt under the FOI Act.
Sheriff Caldwell told this newspaper Tuesday morning that attorney Newell had contacted him and advised him not to respond to the newspaper’s formal FOI Act request seeking the settlement terms.
Update: Windle responded to an earlier email Wednesday afternoon, after the newspaper went to press. He said neither he or Newell advised the sheriff to ignore the FOI request.
Windle wrote in an email: “I’m guessing (Caldwell) confused my statement that settlement negotiations are confidential with the settlement amount being exempt under the FOIA and this was the basis of any ignoring of an FOIA request if, in fact, this is what occurred. So, no one advised Sheriff Caldwell to ignore an FOIA request and if this occurred, it was the result of miscommunications between myself and Sheriff Caldwell.”
“It is this newspaper’s opinion, and also the opinion of the Arkansas Press Association’s legal adviser, that the settlement amount and terms in this case involved public funds paid to the county’s insurance policy for the settlement; and therefore, they are not exempt from disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act,” Leader editor John R. Schirmer said Tuesday.
Morgan’s attorney, Jon Beck, told this newspaper Monday that the terms of the settlement had been agreed upon by all parties involved, but the official paperwork had not yet been signed. He did say that Sheriff Caldwell had already met Morgan’s “demand” to put policies in place at the jail to protect inmates from similar situations his client was subjected to during her incarceration. Beck also would not disclose the settlement amount and said he would try to consult with his client this week to get her permission to release the amount.
“I’m sure she would have no problem letting you know the amount, but I need to make sure as a courtesy,” said Beck, who added his client was “pleased” with Sheriff Caldwell implementing written policies “to safeguard against future misconduct.”
Last week’s hearing was attended by Caldwell, Glenn and Cowart. White was excused from the hearing for health reasons. Morgan monitored the hearing through video conferencing, according to her attorney.
Cowart, who became a full-time jail employee July 1, 2010, submitted a letter of resignation on Aug. 16, 2010. He cited “personal reasons” for his departure and Glenn said at the time that Cowart was not required to forced to resign.
White, a longtime county employee who also served several terms as county coroner, resigned in September 2013 and has since moved to Northwest Arkansas.
Glenn left his elected office before his term was complete after being defeated by Caldwell in the last election cycle. Glenn took a job with the South Central Drug Task Force before leaving that post to work in another area of law enforcement.

Benefit telethon for HCCC set May 6

The second of the year’s three major fund-raisers for the Howard County Children’s Center may be the most important yet.
Tim Freel, administrator of the center, said that proceeds from the annual Rotary Club telethon on May 6, would go to meet the local share of a grant request to build a bridge across Coleman Creek, west of the HCCC campus. The bridge and a road would connect the HCCC campus to Nashville’s west bypass and facilitate construction of a new pre-school building. The building would also house a therapy center for the center’s clients.
Freel spoke about the center’s hopes for a bridge grant Thursday at the kickoff planning meeting for the 18th annual Telethon. The telethon will be broadcast from the HCCC campus from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6.
Last year, the telethon raised more than $53,000 which the center can use for capital improvement projects at the campus.
The center is in its 44th year, and involves the pre-school for both ‘regular’ and developmentally-disabled children; adult life skills classes; a recycling center; and adult living facilities.
The Nashville Rotary Club is nominally the sponsor for the event, and Rotarians have traditionally served as masters of ceremonies, as well as serving on the HCCC board of directors.
There will be an emcee change for the 2015 telethon. Jimmy Dale, the Rotary Club president and HCCC board member, said he needed to cut back his on-air involvement in the telethon. Freel said he would check around to find someone who could make the emcees a three-person team.
In addition to broadcasting on KNVL-TV stations, the telethon will be carried live on the CCCUA radio stations which have broadcast towers in Nashville and De Queen.


Way of the Cross

THE WAY OF THE CROSS. Mary, the mother of Jesus, and his followers gather at the foot of his cross in this scene near the end of the annual Way of the Cross procession at St. Martin Catholic Church in Nashville. The role of Jesus was played by Luis Navarrete of Nashville. The event was one of several Easter-related worship events in the area during Easter week.

Logan County homicide person of interest arrested in Howard County

Howard County Sheriff Bryan McJunkins has reported the arrest of Nick C. Stoicu, 39, of California in Howard County Thursday morning a little after midnight.
Stiocu had warrants for serious drugs and weapons offenses from Polk County, and was a person of interest in a res]cent homicide in Logan County.
Authorities from Polk, Logan, and Sevier counties have been trying to locate Stoicu over the last several days. Howard County deputies Travis Turner and Timmy Floyd received some information that Stoicu was at a residence on Tollett Road. Deputies went to the house where Stoicu was to be and Turner went to the front door and Floyd went to the back door of the house. When Turner knocked on the door, Stoicu ran out of the back door and Floyd was able to grab Stoicu and arrest him.
Polk County will extradite Stoicu today from our jail and transport him to Polk County. Stoicu has a $125,000 bond on their warrants.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Can Brainwaves Defeat Squirrels?

ANIMAL CRACKERS. One of our town’s fine, fine surgeons, Dr. Luis Barandiaran, has a regular visitor.
He hears a knocking, maybe more like a scratching, at a side door and he knows who is outside.
The visitor is a bright, bright squirrel that has learned to make a house call at the doctor’s door and be rewarded with a peanut or a pecan. These visits amuse Dr. B and he gives a treat to this clever squirrel. The critter actually comes inside the door a few steps in order to get the treat.
The squirrel is lucky Dr. B is a vegetarian, otherwise — squirrel stew.
GOT ANOTHER squirrel story.
Friday was a significant day in addition to being Good Friday.
Friday, April 2, 2015, was the day I officially surrendered to my own squirrels.
I have tried every trick known to people who try to feed birds only.
I have spent thousands of dollars and welfare stamps on squirrelproof bird feeders.
I have hung those aforementioned squirrelproof bird feeders on poles which have been liberally greased to prevent traction by little squirrel feet.
I have even hung those aforementioned squirrelproof bird feeders under the eaves of my house where it has to be virtually IMPOSSIBLE for a dadgum squirrel to get to the birdseed unless it could arrive by helicopter.
Yet, they always find a way. Not only have they found a way to get to the bird feeder, they have actually knocked it to the ground twice, spilling all the goodies which were meant for the birdies. The last time they knocked the bird feeder to the ground it broke apart.
I’m not buying another one. And to the sweet little birds I just have one thing to say: ”Tough luck!”
Be mad at the squirrels, not at me.
This rehashing of Animal Crackers reminds me that my patio woodpecker is back, and has renewed its attack on the metal mirror which hangs on my fence.
IT TOOK SIX phone calls to various Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department offices before I could find someone who would speak to me ‘on the record’ about the Adopt-a-Highway sign just north of Temperanceville Baptist Church on Highway 278.
The sign says that the next mile is kept litter free by the Southwest Arkansas Paranormal Society.
I am naturally gifted with both modesty and Extra Sensory Perception (ESP), and I shouldn’t have to ask. But I did. Who are these paranormal people who are keeping our highways so pristine? Do they know I am thinking about them?
A lady at one undisclosed highway office said she could neither confirm nor deny that such a group exists. I threatened to reveal her identity. “What if I wrote that I got answers from a lady whose name begins with a D and ends with a W?” She said it was not fair because the paranormals’ thought-transference they could fill in the blanks with no trouble. And they might also come get me in the middle of the night. She also said she would tell her husband.” He might come get you, too,” she growled through clenched teeth.
Nothing lasts forever. That’s another clever saying that I just made up.
Picking up the litter was a good idea; but not one that was easy for the paranormals to keep. The top guy at the AHTD told me that the sign is coming down because the paranormals haven’t exactly been setting records picking up litter.
The guy at AHTD did say that the Adopt-a-Highway program saves Arkansas taxpayers a bundle because even with volunteers Arkansas must spend $5 million a year to keep roadsides presentable.
He hung up on me when I suggested that maybe the paranormals already know who was throwing out litter, and they could become litter informants.
If I ever get deputized to give out tickets for J-Turns in downtown Nashville, maybe I can also be an undercover roadside litter detection officer on weekends.
(This is a veiled threat to the mayor of the city of Nashville: If he persists in delaying deputizing me, I might just offer my services to the sheriff full-time and forget about the war on J-Turns.)
SUDDEN SPRING: Was it just my imagination or did we leap into green spring real fast? A week ago there was just a little green fuzz on tree limbs. Now they’re nearly completely leafed-out. I love the contrast in greens at this time of year. By late June all trees will be the same shade of green. Pine.
And don’t get me started on pollen.
DON’T MISS one of our community’s iconic events. Friday, from 11-1, is the annual Evely Ramsay Tasting Brunch put on by our Junior Auxiliary chapter. They take donations and turn the money into great projects for youngsters.
HE SAID: “Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may perform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them.” NAPOLEON BONAPARTE, emperor
SHE SAID: “I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.” JOAN RIVERS, comedienne


Obituaries (Weeks of March 23, March 30 and April 6, 2015)

Sarah Elizabeth
Monroe Anderson
Sarah Elizabeth Monroe Anderson, 88 years young, of Dierks, Ark., died Saturday, March 14, 2015 at her home.
Mrs. Anderson was born Sept. 17, 1926 in Dierks. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dierks. She loved her church and was very active in church life and service to her Lord. She was also an avid bowler and lived life to the fullest.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Orel Monroe and Mary Olive McAleer Monroe; her husband, William “Bill” Anderson; two sisters, Mary Monroe Kulinick and Doris Monroe Chaney; three brothers, Frank Monroe, Robert Louis “Bob” Monroe and Carol Porter Monroe.
She is survived by two sons, Ric Anderson and wife, Isabel, of Silverdale, Wash., and Steve Anderson of San Diego, Calif., as well as a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Anderson were at 10 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2015 in the First United Methodist Church in Dierks with Garry Wiles and Carroll Jackson officiating.  Burial followed in Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family received friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 19 at the funeral home in Dierks.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 117, Dierks AR 71833.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
Helen Louise
Alexander Stokes
Mrs. Helen Louise Alexander Stokes, age 92, a resident of Dierks, Ark., died Thursday, March 19, 2015 in Dierks.
She was born Jan. 31, 1923 in Dierks to the late Jesse and Betty Young Alexander.  Helen was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Mrs. Stokes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, H.O. “Boy” Stokes and one son, James Harlon “Pete” Stokes.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Jerry Stokes and Linda of Gaylesville, Ala., and Billy Conn Stokes and Iris of Dierks; one sister, Mattie Walters of De Queen, Ark.; grandchildren, Betsy Holder, Leslie Stokes, Tina Arnold and Christy Barkley; ten great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Stokes were held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22, 2015 in Fellowship Cemetery in Dierks with Carroll Jackson officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen, Ark.
The family received friends from 1:00-2:15 p.m., Sunday, March 22nd at First United Methodist Church fellowship hall in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
Clifton Carnell Rogers, Jr.
Clifton Carnell Rogers, Jr., 74, of Mineral Springs, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.
He was born Nov. 21, 1940 in Mineral Springs, the son of Addie Bell (Echols) Rogers and the late Clifton Rogers, Sr.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Betty Onley Rogers; and his second wife, Carolyn Morphew Rogers.
Survivors include: his mother, Addie Bell Rogers; two sons, Carl Rogers and wife, D’Ann, of Nashville, Timmy Rogers and wife, Chaughn, of Murfreesboro; a brother, Bruce Rogers of Mineral Springs; a sister, Patsy Rogers Gray of Saratoga; also grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10a.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville with Randy Hughes, Justin White, and Michael Howard officiating.
Visitation was Monday, March 23, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel, Nashville.
Send a sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Helen Dellinger
Helen Dellinger, 83, of Nashville Ark., passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in Nashville.
She was born on July 2, 1931 in Mineral Springs, Ark., the daughter of the late Hugh Bradley and Gladys (Aylor) Cowling.
Mrs. Dellinger was a member of the Midway Baptist Church in Nashville.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dellinger was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Dellinger; two sisters, Brunnie Mae Cowling, Arleta and husband C.H. Wolfe; and one brother, Louie Ray Cowling.
Survivors include: one son, Dennis Dellinger of Texarkana, Ark.; one brother, Hugh Edward Cowling and wife Judith of Romance, Ark.; nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends that mourn her passing.
Services will be on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville with Hugh Cowling officiating. Burial to follow in Restland Memorial Park cemetery in Nashville.
Visitation was on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons International Memorial Bible Program, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
You may send a sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Connie Wilmoth
Connie Wilmoth, 87, of Mineral Springs, Ark., passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in Bryant, Ark.
She was born on Jan. 8, 1928 in Nathan, Ark., the daughter of the late Horace H. and Vivian (Henderson) White.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, Jack P. Floyd; her second husband, M.H. Wilmoth, M.D.; and one brother, Jack Wesley White.
Survivors include: two sons, Ronald Wayne Floyd and wife, Alice, of Camden, Ark., and  Roger Don Floyd and wife, Jean, of Niceville, Fla.;  one daughter, Sheila Jo Neighbors and husband, Howard, of Benton, Ark.; two sisters, Camilla Bryant of West Allis, Wisc. and Florence Turley of Nashville, Ark.; five grandchildren, Casey Lynn Slack of Mt. Holly, Ark., Wayne Porter Floyd of Bryant, Ark., Brad Michael Floyd of Niceville, Fla., Benjamin Allen Floyd of Little Rock, Ark., Myles Colton Neighbors of Benton, Ark.; six great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends that mourn her passing.
Services were Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville. Burial followed at Restland Memorial Park in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Sunday March 29, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville.
Pallbearers were Ronald Floyd, Wayne Floyd, Roger Floyd, Brad Floyd, Benjamin Floyd, Howard Neighbors, and Myles Neighbors.
You may send a sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Lonnie Billings
Lonnie Billings, age 63 of Nashville, Ark., passed away, Friday, March 27, 2015 in Little Rock, Ark.
He was born Nov. 9, 1951 in Carlisle, Ark. to the late Acie and Mamie Tipton Billings. He was a retired truck driver and was of the Pentecostal Faith.
He dearly loved riding his motorcycle, spending time at Road Mart visiting with his friends and telling stories. Most of all he loved his family especially his pride and joy, Jesus Hernandez.
He was preceded in death by his parents as well as his wife Georgeann Billings.
He leaves behind to cherish his memories: three sons, Jon Billings and wife, Amy, of Harrison, Ark., Lonnie Billings II and wife, Amber, of Magnolia, Ark., Jesus Hernandez of Nashville, Ark.;  a step-son, Ralph Webb, of Prescott, Ark.; two brothers, Wayne Billings and wife, Fran, of Mabelvale, Ark., and Robert Billings and wife, Jeanette, of LaPine, Ore.; three sisters, Patricia Ball and husband, Billy, of Whitehall, Ark., Florence Bieler of Tualatin, Ore., and Shirley Sims and husband, LeRoy, of Ecuador; eight grandchildren, Kaleigh, Alexandria, Garrett, Alexus, Hayden, Lonnie Ray, III, Jasper, and Myla Billings; his mother-in-law, Helen Boozer of Nashville; and a large host of other family and friends.
Services will be Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Dennis Selvidge officiating. Interment will follow in Bingen- Ozan Cemetery at Bingen, Arkansas, under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends on Tuesday night at Nashville Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Mary V. Schooley
Mary V. Schooley, 88 of Nashville, died Friday, March 27, 2015 in Fort Smith.
She was born March 31, 1926 in Nashville, to the late William Luther and Mary Virginia Ramage Aylett. She was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Mineral Springs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Schooley; two brothers, Howard and Ramage Aylett; and a sister, Marthelle Branch.
Survivors include: two daughters, Pat Morris of Fort Smith, and Pam Harris of Mineral Springs; two brothers, Hoy “Big” Aylett and Coy “Ick” Aylett, both of Nashville, and a sister, Floy “Pug” Wilson of Fort Worth, Texas; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. Interment  followed in Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home Monday night from 6-8 p.m.
Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Edwina (Edy) Romine
Edwina (Edy) Romine, 77, of Nashville Ark., passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015. She was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Dec. 18, 1937. She was the daughter of Roy and Velma (Nixon) Rowe.
Edy was a member of the First Baptist Church of Nashville, Ark. She enjoyed all Church activities and was a strong southern Christian Lady all of her life.
Edy was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Jay Romine.
She is survived by her son, Deriel Romine and his wife Joann, of Washington, Ark., and her daughter, Lisa Romine of Conway, Ark.; one sister, Barbara Vance of Pearl, Miss., and one brother, Scott Rowe of St. Louis, Mo.; three granddaughters, Kristi Romine, Katrina (Romine) May and Kaylin Romine, and three very special great-grandchildren, Jay Tanner May, Jackson Cooper May and Aunna Lynn Romine.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her friends and watching the Scrappers play whichever sport was in season. If she was not volunteering at the hospital and working in the gift shop, she was hanging out with her very dear friends and playing cards.
She was loved much and will be missed.
Services were Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Nashville. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made St Jude’s Children’s Hospital Tribute Department, PO Box 1000 Department 142, Memphis, TN 38198 in memory of Edwina Romine. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Sybal N. Whisenhunt Davis
Sybal N. Whisenhunt Davis, 89, of Langley, died Monday, March 30, 2015.
She was born Jan.1, 1926, in a logging camp near Sims, Ark., the daughter of the late Robert Alex Whisenhunt and Nellie C. Lawless Whisenhunt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy L. “Hayes” Davis; a daughter, Sheila Diane Gentry; a brother, Lou Whisenhunt; and two sisters, Rachel Raines and Betty Jones.
She was a member of the Daisy Free Will Baptist Church.
Survivors include: two sons, Mike Davis and wife, Donna, of Siloam Springs and Sam Davis of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Donna Golden and husband, Troy, of Langley; two sisters, Imogene Mack of Athens and Joyce Parker of Langley; also grandchildren.
Services were at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015, in the Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Glenwood with Bro. Kevin Jewell officiating.
Visitation was Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Burial was in the Langley Hall Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Delores Ann Parchman
Delores Ann Parchman, 78 of Little Rock, Ark., went to be with her Precious Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Ann was born in Hope, Ark., on June 23, 1936. She was a faithful and humble servant of our Lord. She served in the Baptist Healthcare System for over 27 years as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Administrator. Her specialty was taking great and nurturing care of hundreds of babies over the years in the labor and delivery nursery.  Ann also served over 25 years as a True Proverbs 31 Woman serving the Lord as Evangelist Jack Parchman’s Wife and Helpmeet. Ann continued her ministry after Jack’s passing by encouraging her Christian sisters through speaking engagements and tape ministries, sharing her testimony with so very many. Ann never met a stranger.  She welcomed every newcomer as a friend. She had an Angelic voice and loved praising her savior in songs. Amen and Hallelujah…for the newest beautiful voice in Heaven’s Choir.  She was a long-time member of the Victory Baptist Church in Benton.
Ann was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Jack Parchman; father Floyd Tollett and mother Lillian Tollett.
Ann is survived by four daughters: Lori Drake and her husband, Pat of Jacksonville, Donna Pipkins of El Dorado, Jackie Greer of Brinkley and Becky Bird and her husband, Bill of Sherwood; one beloved son, Scott Bridges of Little Rock; one loving big brother, James Reed Tollett and his wife, Patsy from North Little Rock. Patsy and Ann were also best friends since childhood and cherished so many good times together like sisters; also two sisters-in-law, Tommie Sue Buckley of Mobile, Ala., and Charlene Parchman Frank of S.C.; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and many, many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ann would also like to thank the multitudes of friends and churches that supported her and Jack’s ministry for many, many years. She loved everyone so much, and always praised their presence in her life.
Visitation was 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015 at Roller-Drummond Funeral Home, 10900 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209.  Funeral services were held 1:00 p.m., Saturday at Victory Baptist Church, 5364 Highway 67 South in Benton with Dr. Ken Graham officiating.  Interment was in Pinecrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Victory Baptist Church Building Fund, 5364 Highway 67 South, Benton, AR 72015.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/drummond



South Pike County, Nashville schools set make-up days

The Nashville School District will add four days to the school calendar for the current academic year to make up for four missed snow days in February and March.
Make-up days include May 29, June 1, June 2 and June 3, according to Superintendent Doug Graham. “Our policy is to make up the days at the end of the year,” Graham said, if the missed days come after the winter break in February.
“Winter break isn’t guaranteed. The end of school isn’t guaranteed. Spring break is guaranteed” under state law, Graham said. The district’s spring break remains intact March 23-27.
The discussion of the make-up days came during the Nashville School Board’s March meeting Monday night. The board voted to approve the district’s calendar for 2015-16 which basically “mirrors the 2014-15 calendar,” Graham said.
The same policy for make-up days will be in effect for the new academic year: “The first two days missed will be made up on Feb. 11 and 12 [2016]. All other days will be added to the end of the year.”
South Pike County School District
The following are the seven days that the South Pike County School District will utilize as make-up days:
1.  April 24 (which had previously been changed from April 27)
2.  May 25 (Memorial Day)
3.  June 1
4.  June 2
5.  June 3
6.  June 4
7.  June 5.
Superintendent Roger Featherston said there were 14 more people that voted for Memorial Day than the next closest choice. “The Arkansas Department of Education has given us a waiver to use that day. There has been some legislative talk of forgiving some days statewide, if that happens we will gladly accept that forgiveness.”


Regional Quiz Bowl champs

REGIONAL QUIZ BOWL CHAMPS. Murfreesboro High School’s Quiz Bowl team will advance to state competition next month after winning the recent Southwest Regional Quiz Bowl Tournament at Hope. The MHS team posted wins over Ouachita, Spring Hill, Dierks, Cutter-Morning Star and Mountain Pine. Team members include (front) Sutton Balch (tournament Most Valuable Player), Destiny Legate, Kayla Ashbrooks, Anna Corbitt; (back) Jake Faulkner, Austin Kimberlin, Conner Watson, Riley House, Andy Arnold and Zack Eckert. The team is coached by Sandra Elliott.

Glenwood cop arrested for threat

A part-time Glenwood police officer was arrested on March 11 for allegedly threatening to kill an neighbor, according to information from the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.
Lavoyce Wilder, 47, who resides on Wilder Road in Amity, was arrested for misdemeanor terroristic threatening in connection with an incident in January involving a neighbor, Clarence Douglas Hale. The neighbor claims Wilder pointed a gun at him and threatened to “shoot him between the eyes” while he was working on property Wilder said he owned.
Hale recorded an exchange with Wilder in which the officer can reportedly be heard making at least two threats. Wilder has denied Hale’s claim, but did tell authorities there has been “constant issues” between the two neighbors concerning property line disputes.
Wilder turned himself in to authorities on March 11 and posted a $480 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Pike County District Court on April 10.
A Glenwood radio station reported last week that Glenwood Police Chief Randy Reid said Wilder had requested a leave of absence until his April court date.
Delight death
under investigation
The death of a Delight man Saturday night is currently under investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Department, according to Detective Clark Kinzler.
Bubba Nash, 45, was pronounced dead around 10:20 p.m. Saturday in an Arkadelphia hospital. Kinzler said Nash had been with friends when he started convulsing near his home on Highway 19 South in Delight. The friends called for medical help and Nash was transported to the Arkadelphia hospital.
Pike County Investigator Wayne Epperly said he is currently awaiting a toxicology report to determine the cause of death.
Accidental shooting
in Kirby
A Kirby man is expected to make a full recovery after being injured while removing a rifle from his gun safe, according to Detective Kinzler.
Eric Conner, 37, was removing a loaded .270 rifle from the safe when the weapon discharged. The bullet hit the inside top of the gun safe and fragmented, hitting Conner in the face and shoulder.
Conner was transported to a Hot Springs hospital with “moderate injuries,” Kinzler reported.

NJHS assistant principal selected for governor’s Common Core panel

Jason Williamson

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Jason Williamson, assistant principal at Nashville Junior High School, has been named to the Governor’s Council on Common Core by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
The 16-member panel will study the use of Common Core in Arkansas’s public schools. Members are from every corner of the state and were selected from more than 700 applicants. Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin will be the chairman of the group.
“My interest came when I received an e-mail from the Arkansas Association of Education Administrators,” Williamson said Monday morning. The association encouraged administrators to apply for the council, he said.
“I got the e-mail on a snow day and called Mrs. [Deb] Tackett,” the NJHS principal. “She was supportive,” he said.
“I got my resume together and filled out a questionnaire online,” Williamson said.
He also submitted a paragraph about his interest in serving on the council. “I talked about understanding and having an open mind. I said we need great resolve, commitment and patience.”
As the father of two young children and as an administrator, Williamson said every educator “has a server’s heart.”
Wiilliamson received a phone call last week that he had made the first cut in the selection process. “I interviewed last Tuesday. They wanted to make sure that I hadn’t done any political writing about Common Core or any slanted opinion.”
Following the interviews, the names were placed in front of Hutchinson. “It was his call,” Williamson said.
From there, the governor’s staff conducted background checks. Last Friday, Williamson received a call from Hutchinson’s office then from his communications director.
With more than 700 applicants for the council, Williamson said he is “blessed” to have been selected. “God just blessed me.”
Williamson said Superintendent Doug Graham “pushes this school district to be in the forefront of what’s going on. We piloted the new ACSIP review. We’ve done AdvancED and the standards review. We piloted PARCC testing a year ago. We piloted the Teacher Excellence and Support system. If there’s something out there that is new or looked at to be good for kids, our superintendent wants in it.”
The district has “a supportive administrative staff. I work with a really talented group of people. They are supportive and have given me a lot of help over the last year and a half. I am appreciative of their support,” Williamson said.
Williamson said he hasn’t received a schedule of the council’s activities. He expects members to meet during the spring. Hutchinson said earlier that the group’s report would be due in the fall.
“The main thing for me is to continue to have an open mind about what’s good for kids in Arkansas and giving these young people opportunities to be successful,” Williamson said.
Tackett said Williamson’s selection to the council “is an honor for Jason and for Nashville. We have a representative from our community to share some of our views and comments good and bad.”
Williamson is going into the process “with an open mind. He’s knowledgeable enough to be a good representative of our district,” Tackett said.
From now until May 22, Nashville and schools throughout Arkansas are participating in the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment which is aligned with Common Core standards.
Tackett said NJHS is “continuing to have school” during the testing.
The tests are administered online. Tackett said Technology Director Bryce Petty and Assistant DIrector Zach Winton have been invaluable in the entire process. “They have been real troupers,” Tackett said.

Obituaries (Weeks of March 9 and March 16, 2015)

Thomas Philip Watson
Thomas Philip Watson, 81, was born August, 31, 1933, in Nashville, Ark., the youngest child of Jordan Franklin and Frieda (Pryor) Watson. His early years were spent on a peach orchard.  Throughout his youth, he was a stand-out athlete, excelling at football, basketball, baseball and track. Soon after graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was a control tower operator during the Korean Conflict. Throughout his years in the service he faithfully kept a promise made to his mother, to write her every day.
After his discharge he returned to Arkansas to attend Harding College. While there he met and married Jacqueline Messick and in 1961 they welcomed a daughter, Angela Joyce to their lives.  Later that year the family moved to Oklahoma City for him to teach speech and debate at, what was then, Oklahoma Christian College. Soon, his additional talents were recognized and he was made Vice President for Development. In this capacity he traveled across the state promoting and raising funds for the college. In September of 1963 he lost both Jackie and Angie in a tragic accident.
In 1964 Phil married Mary Alice Parks; a union that would last just over 51 years. Mary Rebecca and Phylis Ann were adoring “Daddy’s Girls” who completed their family.
In 1967 Phil became the full-time minister for the Edmond Church of Christ. His involvement in local civic activities during this time included being a member of the Edmond Hospital Board and the YMCA Board. These roles paved the way for his transition into Oklahoma politics. In 1972 he was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate as the first Republican to represent district 41. He held that office for 15 years earning great respect from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle as he worked to help the citizens of our state.
Governor Henry Bellmon asked Phil to assume a new role in Oklahoma state government, so in 1987 he resigned his senate seat and was appointed Director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. During his tenure he visited every one of the 77 county DHS offices in the state and proudly continued his passion for seeing to the needs of others.
At the end of Governor Bellmon’s term, Phil made the transition to federal government when he began working with the Rural Development Cooperative in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He ended his years of public service when he retired in 1998.
In 1983 Phil was approached by his long-time mentor and friend, Dr. George Benson, about working with mission efforts in Zambia, Africa. This began the work most near and dear to Phil’s heart. Phil eventually accepted the position of Chairman of the Board for the Zambia mission efforts while Mary assumed duties as secretary, bookkeeper, and correspondent for the work.
Phil was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Jackie, and daughter Angie; brothers James Clyde, Robert Collins, Jordan Floyd, William Ordis, John Rollin, Paul Alexander; sisters Lois Marie Womack, and Mary Jordine Hausman.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Edmond; daughter Mary Rebecca (Becky) Walderbach and husband Scott of Edmond, Okla.; daughter Phylis Frye and husband Jonathan of Houston, Texas;   grandsons William Watson Walderbach, Hamilton Rhys Frye, Harrison Reid Frye, and Robert Rolland Walderbach; special family friend, Dr. James Crowder, and a host of nieces, nephews and close personal friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Zambia Mission Schools in Phil’s honor.
The family greeted friends on Tuesday, March 3from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at Edmond Church of Christ with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Edmond.
‘Ree’ Hill Cunningham
Rosemarie Cunningham, 70, of Springdale died Sunday, March 1 in Fayetteville.
She was born May 20, 1944 in Nashville, Ark., the daughter of the late James Baker Hill and Faustine Mulkey Hill. She was an elementary school teacher, and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Springdale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Cunningham; two brothers, Jim and John Hill and a sister, Virginia Ann Andres.
Survivors include: two sons, David Dyer of Hot Springs, and Ben Dyer and wife, Sherry, of Springdale; also, a grandson.
A memorial service was held 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Springdale with Pastor Judy Vanhoose officiating. Cremation arrangements are by Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge.
Mary Ann Moore
Mary Ann Moore, 67 of Nashville, died Monday, Feb. 16, 2015.
She was born Nov. 12, 1947. She was a member Maranatha Baptist Church.
Survivors include: three daughters, Linda Purtell, Sheila Faulkner and Donna Morgan, all of Nashville; two sons, Robert Faulkner, Jr., of Glenwood, and Ricky Faulkner of Wabash, Ark.; two sisters, Dorothy Upton of New Boston, Texas and Linda Carlile of Texarkana, Texas; two brothers, Ray Parker of Nash, Texas, and DeWayne Parker of New Boston, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Red Bayou Cemetery, New Boston, Texas with Bro. Bruce Short officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home, New Boston, Texas.
Agnes Ross
Agnes Ross, 90, of Nashville died Saturday, March 7, 2015 in Little Rock.
She was born May 1, 1924.
She was a long time member of Sunset Church of Christ and recently a member of Windsong Church of Christ in North Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Ross, and daughter, Edna.
Survivors include a grandson and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were set for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Restland Memorial Park in Nashville with Bro. David Williams officiating. Arrangements were by Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Send a sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Emma Dean
Prince Boatright
Emma Dean Prince Boatright, 90, died on March 14, 2015.  She was born Dec. 13, 1924 in Oklahoma, the daughter of the late William and Rose Decker Prince.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Boatright; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Boatright; a granddaughter, Marsha Boatright Hogan; and a great-grandson Jeffery Boatright.
She is survived by four children: Floyd Eugene Boatright of Tulsa, Okla.; Jimmy Boatright and Linda of Red Water, Texas; Arlene Fugitt and Tommy of Nashville, Ark.; and Sandy Campbell and Max of Nathan, Ark.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great-grandchildren; One special nephew, Billy Boatright; two brothers, James Prince of Olahoma and Paul Prince of Africa; and one sister, Ann Bessler of Oklahoma. She had a special care-giver, Deloras Marsh.
The Boatrights lived in California, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Georgia  before making Murfreesboro their home.
Dean was a member of the First United Methodist Church for more than 50 years and was a member of the Cheermakers Sunday School Class.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star where she and Arlie served two terms as Worthy Patron and Worthy Matron.
She and Arlie also served as Mr. and Mrs. Diamond at the annual diamond festival which was an honor.
She was an avid supporter of the Murfreesboro School Band. She and Clora Wylie spent hours making chili and hot chocolate when their children were in school and the band was struggling to buy new uniforms.  She served as different officers in the local PTA and was a volunteer for the American Cancer and Heart Associations.
She loved to work in her yard and share her various plants; that was her passion.
She welcomed all the neighborhood children into her home. The neighborhood kids always knew when she was frying donuts. Her fried pies and strawberry shortcakes were also two of her trademarks. She always baked and took treats to the elderly when she was in her 80s. She was forever young.
She was always optimistic and believed in the power of prayer. Her mantra was “One day at a time”
Visitation was 6:00 to 8:00, Sunday, March 15 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. James Wainscott officiating. Burial followed in Murfreesboro Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Jesse Cochran
Jesse Cochran, 87, of Nashville, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015 in Nashville.  He was born on June 23, 1927 the son of the late James Cochran and Mary Ettie (Lee) Cochran.
Mr. Cochran was a member of the American Legion, a US Army veteran, and member of the Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Bernice McLaughlin Cochran; and siblings.
Survivors include: two sons, Roy Cochran and wife, Vicki of Bartlett, Tenn., and Loy Cochran and wife, Jeannie of Nashville, Ark.; grandsons, Robbie Cochran and wife, Rena of Nashville, Daniel Cochran and wife, Cassie of Mt. Vernon, Texas; granddaughters, Clara Pope and husband, Josh of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Emily Sanders and husband, Justin of Arlington, Tenn.; and great-grandchildren, Katie Cochran, Jarrod Cochran, Christina Cochran, Isaac Cochran, Carson Pope, and Cameron Pope. A host of other relatives and friends mourn his passing.
Services will be on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. Burial to follow in Nashville Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Southern Christian Children’s Home, PO Box 649, Morrilton, AR 72110.
You may send a sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Homer Davis
Homer Davis, 88, of Murfreesboro, died Monday March 16, 2015 at the VA hospital in Little Rock. He was born Feb. 4, 1927, in Nashville, the son of the late William Pierce  and Bunie Theobolt Davis.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Murfreesboro, and was a WWII Navy veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Davis; three brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include: a son, Jerry Davis of Murfreesboro; a daughter, Joan Hooper of Murfreesboro; a sister, Neva Lingo of Murfreesboro; also grandchildren.
Funeral service will be on Friday March 20, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Murfreesboro with Bro. Al Terrell, Bro. Rob Evans, and Bro. Chuck Bennett. Burial will follow at Academy Cemetery at Nathan.
Visitation will be at noon on Friday March 20, 2015 just before service time.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: A Fly in the Car

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 is officially the first day of Spring.
I fully expect to look out my window that morning and see that the grass is already knee high.
What are some of the side-effects of the voluminous rainfall we’ve had? Well, in addition to the previously mentioned grass, I’ve had a fly inside my buggy for the past two days. He says he’s an advance scout. I believe him.
Skeeters. Reckon they’ll be bad? As bad as at Ashdown? Naw.
A SURE SIGN of the End Times: Eddie Cobb is a grandfather.
INTERNET SURFING. I came across “Archaeology,” a publication by the American Archeological Society. There was an article about rock art created by Commanche warriors.
Heck, their stick figures aren’t any better than mine.
SURPRISE, SURPRISE. The new state commission which was mostly appointed by the legislature and the governor, and whose budget is approved by the legislature, has okayed a 150% pay increase for the legislators.
Boy, our new Republican legislature is really getting serious about reducing government spending. For everyone else.
Yes, a 150% pay raise. Plus retirement and insurance coverage which I’ll bet is better than anything you can afford.
And somehow, Amendment 94 which extended legislative terms and promised to end gifts and drinks and dinners from lobbyists has many loopholes. Amendment 94, incidentally, was referred to the voters by the legislature.
There are still lots of freebies for the Ledge from special interests seeking to influence the lawmakers.
HERE IT IS five months after the death of Bill Fritts, and people still get weepy thinking about the deceased ‘best friend’ of so many.
Saturday morning’s memorial to Bill drew more than 50 or so people to “The Source” store showroom on Main Street. The memorial gathering was supposed to be a part of the kickoff for the 2015 Relay for Life — entirely appropriate because of Bill’s support for the event and the Cancer Society. But bad weather cancelled the Relay kickoff ceremony.
Nothing could cancel the gathering to honor Bill Fritts, though.
I was there in the capacity of a newsman and as a great admirer of Bill Fritts.
One of the best public speakers I know — Randy Hughes — was the keynote speaker, and Relay organizer Joanna Howard said that there was talk of organizing a Relay for Life team named in honor of our Bill. Friends and family members shared memories of Bill, and it was both a joyous and a sad time.
Peace to his family and ‘best friends, and thanks to the Almighty for putting such people among us.
THINGS I LEARNED from opening the mail:
When we line up for a race, why do we count to three?
Because the count to three is the least amount needed for our brain to establish timing.
The time needed to count One-Two establishes the rate for how quickly we get to Three.
I guess it’s the same for:
“On your mark. Get set. Go.”
What about:
Woooo. Pig. Soooey.
IN ANOTHER NEWSPAPER. From “The Way it Was” feature in Monday’s Texarkana Gazette was a jewel subtitled 50 years Ago: “Coach Ralph Bell awarded letters to 11 girls for the 1964-65 basketball season. The Lady Hornets have had a successful season, with 17 wins and 6 losses. Receiving blankets were Pam Norwood, Joyce Palmer and Carolyn Winchester. Receiving sweaters were Brynda Nutt, Elaine Wright, Becke Corbell, Rosa McCauley, Lynnda Winchester, Becky Bridgeman and Cheryl Jones. Sherry McCullough received a jacket.”
Thanks to the Gazette for letting me reprint this. I loved seeing those names again, especially that of the late, wonderful Ralph Bell who coached and taught for many decades there. A year ago or so, a friend spotted an item in the same column mentioning my great-uncle.
I’ll bet some of those girls still have their Lady Hornet blankets.
IN TOWN. Seen in our town last Thursday was Greg Bourns, former president of what was then Citizens National Bank, now Bear State Bank. Greg is living up in the Ouachita Mountain elevations of Mena and he is still in banking.
Lots of people don’t know that the quiet and modest Greg was a U.S. Marine Corps jet fighter pilot.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) someone’s forwarded email: In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
HE SAID: “Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.” JOHANN WOLFGANG von GOETHE, writer
SHE SAID: “When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.” ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, First Lady

Howard County Relay for Life Kick-Off, memorial service set for March 14

The Howard County Relay for Life Kick-Off will be held Saturday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the vacant lot beside Diamond Bank in Main Street in Nashville.
The kick-off will include a memorial service for Bill Fritts, beginning at 10:30.
In case of rain, the memorial service will be moved to The Source furniture store across from the post office on Main Street and the kick-off event will be rescheduled.
Donations are currently being solicited for a concrete bench to be place at the Nashville City Park in Fritts’ memory. The kick-off event also kicks off the fund raising for the Relay for Life event at the city park on June 5.
The kick-off event will also include a bouncy house, barbecue, funnel cakes, popcorn, face painting and more.
There are currently 16 registered teams for the RFL event and there is plenty of time for more teams to join before the April 1 deadline. Call any committee member for more information.
This year’s event slogan is “Life is Good,” which will be featured on bumper stickers, signs and T-shirts.
The March planning meeting of the Relay for Life has been set for Tuesday, March 10 at UA-Cossatot at 6 p.m.

Dierks, South Pike County kindergarten registration

The Dierks School District will hold kindergarten registration on Friday, March 6 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Parents will beed to bring the child’s birth certificate, shot record and Social Security card.
South Pike County
South Pike County Kindergarten pre-registration for the 2015-16 school year will be held Monday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Delight and Murfreesboro campuses.
Documents needed for pre-registration include birth certificates, Social Security cards, immunization records and ARKids card (if applicable).
Students are asked to attend the pre-registration and take a pre-test.


Circus coming to Nashville March 23

The Kelly Miller Circus will be in Nashville on Monday, March 23, at the Howard County Fairgrounds.
The circus will have performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the chamber of commerce office, Heritage Computers, Western Auto and Sharpe’s.
The public is invited to free events such as watching the animals being unloaded and fed, raising of the ‘big top’ tent, and a special Tiger Meet and Greet. The special activities begin at 7:30 a.m.
Advance ticket sales benefit the chamber of commerce. Advance tickets are $12 adult and $6 children. Tickets on the say of the show are $16 adult and $8 children.

Obituaries (Week of March 2, 2015)

Shara Lawrence
Shara Lawrence, 64, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 in Nashville.
She was born July 28, 1950 in De Queen, the daughter of Opal Hughes of Horatio, and the late Earl Getts.
Shara was a member of the County Line Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include: her husband of 43 years, Ruben Lawrence of Nashville; five daughters, Jodi Bell of McMinnville, Ore., Angie Getts of Fouke, Ark., Regina Lawrence of Dierks, Raynelle Lawrence of Nashville, and Jessica Hostetler and husband, Chris, of Nashville; two sons, James Lawrence of Nashville, and Timothy Lawrence of Broken Bow, Okla.; a stepdaughter, Deb Erwin of Nashville; three brothers, Tommy Getts, Greg Hughes, and Jerry Hughes, all of Mineral Springs; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. Burial followed in Bluff Springs Cemetery near Mineral Springs under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Friday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Send a sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
William Donald Sayre
William Donald Sayre was born March 3, 1989 in Perry, Okla., to John Charles and Patricia Rau Sayre. The family moved to Nashville, Ark., in 1992 and he graduated from Nashville High School in 2007. On June 2, 2007 he and Chelsea Arbuthnott married.
He graduated from U. S. Army Infantry School and served with the 10th Mountain Battalion in Iraq, where he was wounded in 2007, receiving a Purple Heart. After discharge, he worked as a bricklayer and gunsmith in Nashville. Since 2013 he has been a Patrolman with the Arkadelphia Police Department and a part-time deputy in Clark County. As an accomplished bagpiper, he performed at graduation ceremonies for the officers at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy.
Will passed away Feb. 23, 2015.
He is survived by wife, Chelsea Sayre, and daughters Alanna Leanne and Emma Claire; parents Dr. John and Patricia Sayre; sisters and brothers-in-law Laura Solkey and Andrew Hopkins of Aurora, Neb., and Dr. Catherine and John Ross of Jonesboro; brother and sister-in-law David and Jessica Sayre of Murphy, Texas; aunt Lois Sayre of Pawnee, Okla.;  uncle and aunt David and Linda Rau, Belle Plain, N.J.; aunt and uncle Judy and Dwight Scoggins, Wynnewood, Okla.; and nephews Joseph Solkey, George and Ethan Sayre, and James  and Paul Ross.
He was preceeded in death by grandparents Al and Jeanne Greiner, Richard Rau and Elwood and Nila Sayre; and uncles Donald and Jack Sayre.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015 at First Christian Church of Nashville with Rev.  Jim Pinson officiating.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Nashville.
Interment will be in Bingen-Ozan Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Michael Sullivan, Andy Reeder, Kevin Yeagle, Alvin Johnson, Don Cleek and Jimmy Shearin.
In lieu of flowers  memorials may be made to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Division of Development, 901 E. Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004-2025.
Final arrangements are entrusted to The Welch Funeral Home of Arkadelphia. Visit www.welchfh.net to sign the guestbook.
Robert ‘Bob’
Dodds McGill
Robert “Bob” Dodds McGill, 66 years old, of Nashville, Ark., went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. He was born on July 15, 1948 in Hope, Ark., to the late Sam Allen & Mara Louise McGill. He graduated from Hope High School, before serving his country in Vietnam from April 1969 to November 1970. Upon leaving the Army he went to work as a lineman and spent his career working at AP&L in Little Rock, Ark., then moving to Washington state where he worked for PUD before returning home to Nashville, Ark., where he retired from SWEPCO.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Nashville, Ark., where he served as an active Deacon, taught a men’s Sunday School Class and served on various committees.
Bob loved life on the lake, in the woods hunting, fishing, and spending time reading in his recliner. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends, always welcoming the opportunity to visit and fellowship.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Mara McGill; a niece, Cara Jones; a sister-in-law, Judy Jackson; and nephew, Paul Jackson, Jr.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Gail Hartsfield McGill; a daughter, Michelle McGill Boulden and husband, Beau, of Leawood, Kans.; a son, Mark McGill and wife, Natalee ,of North Little Rock, Ark.; three grandchildren, Hunter Tuggle, Macee and Miles McGill; a sister, Gayle McGill Jones and husband, Gayden; a brother, George McGill, and wife Georgia; brothers-in-law, Paul E. Jackson, Jerry Hartsfield and wife, Pam, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Nashville, Ark., with Pastor Stan Parris, Pastor Kevin Sartin, and Pastor David Blase officiating. Pallbearers were his nephews, Phillip Jackson, Perry Jackson, Chris and Matt Hartsfield, Chris and David McGill. The family received friends at First Baptist Church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until service time. Interment followed at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 401 S. Monroe St, Little Rock, AR 72205; or First Baptist Church, PO Box 339, Nashville, AR 71852.
His family wants to thank Dr. Shane Kimball, Dr. Chris Cate, and Dr. Jamie Burton as well as the many other doctors and medical personnel at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock who were present and fighting with him through the final weeks of his journey on earth. We are so thankful for the many prayers for Bobby. He was deeply loved by his wife and children and will be missed. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
James Edward Marshall
James Edward Marshall, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
He was born July 12, 1925, to the late Benjamin and Jeffie Marshall.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Winnie Marshall, of Nashville; a daughter,  Gwendolyn Jones and husband, Phillip, of Nashville; three sons, Travis Marshall and wife, Deborah, Tandell Marshall, and Troace Marshall, all of Nashville; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruthie Inell Hill of Nashville; six sisters, Elessie Whitmore, Exie Pearson, Pearlene Marshall, Charlene Cannon, Elizabeth Dixon and Allie Gaines; three brothers, Lee Davis Marshall, Willie Floyd Marshall and Kelsey Marshall.
Services will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville, with burial to follow in St. Paul Cemetery near Nashville.
Visitation will be Friday, 6-8 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home.
Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.


Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: In Awe, Again

IN AWE. As award presenters made their comments about the persons who were about to get the awards, last Tuesday night at the annual Nashville Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, once again I was just floored at the wonderful things some citizens do for our community.
Congratulations to our community’s Freddy Horne, Kristy Vines, Cheryl Power and Reeder McCullough on their awards; and a big ‘thank you’ to the presenters whose speeches caused me to appreciate again some wonderful citizens we lost in 2014 — Bill Fritts and Dr. Robert Sykes, who received memorial awards.
Notable that the people who presented the awards, and the people who received them, almost all commented that they were so happy to live in a community like ours.
The comments got me to thinking where the honored citizens hailed from, and that is the reason for the ‘angle’ of this newspaper’s story about the awards given out at the annual Nashville Chamber of Commerce banquet. The ‘angle’ is that many of the winners were not homegrown.
For some reason this town has been blessed with a double serving of liveliness.
‘We’ no sooner had enjoyed another successful Scrapper Showdown, than it was time for the chamber awards banquet, which was great. Then it was time for the Howard Memorial Hospital Foundation gala, also great. All events were well-attended and were successful fund-raisers. And none of that just happened. We are blessed with talented organizers, volunteers, and people and businesses to support those efforts.
What’s left to enjoy as a community this spring? Well, the Junior Auxiliary luncheon, for one, Husqvarna’s annual benefit fishing tournament and the Rotary Telethon, the latter two to benefit the Children’s Center.
What am I stoopidly leaving out?
There have been all kinds of recent and successful fund-raisers and events to benefit organizations and individuals. And there will be more. It’s that kind of community.
I am just floored, and grateful.
HEARD FROM. Former Scrapper Bobby Jones, who is also a former MS football Hornet assistant coach, remembers a great Hornet, the late Elwood Brooks, who got a scholarship to play at UA and later transferred to Henderson where he was an exceptional hurdler on the Reddie track team.
Bobby reminded me of an Elwood story (and, let’s be honest: there are a BUNCH of Elwood stories). He once returned a punt about 120 yards for a touchdown for the Hornets. He received the punt in his own end zone, zigzagged around behind his own goal from sideline to sideline a few times, then managed to find enough daylight to scoot upfield. Not many people could catch Elwood once he got going. Can you imagine how the opposing coach felt when he saw Elwood evade tacklers and squirt into the open? Can you imagine how the Hornet coach felt as he watched Elwood run around in his own endzone?
Practically each week someone recalls another Scrapper, Hornet, Rattler or Outlaw who went on to play a lot or a little football as a Razorback. Tell me whom I’ve missed. I’ll print the compiled list soon.
I DON’T KNOW MUCH about art, but I know what I like. That’s paraphrasing somebody famous, isn’t it?
One artist whose work is not exactly at the top of my list is Pablo Picasso. Just too strange for my taste, and I’ll be the first to admit that my taste might be just a teeeny bit strange in itself.
But a lot of people really like Picasso. Really, really like him.
They like him so much that Picasso is the most stolen artist of all time, according to an outfit called the Art Loss Register.
A total of 1,147 of Picasso’s paintings have been stolen at least once. Many of them never recovered.
And that reminds me — another thing that makes our community unique is the Elberta Arts Center. My sincere thanks to the volunteers who keep the place going.
And — speaking of art — I am also reminded that a Fabulous Fishee from the Fin Fence of Fame was among the items up for grabs in the silent auction at the chamber banquet. I heard (it was a silent auction so the amount was whispered) that it sold for thousands of dollars. Maybe that is an exaggeration. Just a teeensy bit.
Picasso used oils and sable hair brushes from la-tee-da fancy art supply places.
The artist who produced the Fabulous Fishee used spray paint and masking tape from Home Improvement Center and Western Auto.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) someone’s forwarded email: If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
HE SAID: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” HENRY DAVID THOREAU, American author and philosopher
SHE SAID: “I believe that you should gravitate to people who are doing productive and positive things with their lives.” NADIA COMANECI, olympic gymnast

Obituaries (Week of Feb. 23, 2015)

William Donald Sayre
William Donald Sayre was born March 3, 1989 in Perry, Okla., to John Charles and Patricia Rau Sayre. The family moved to Nashville, Ark., in 1992 and he graduated from Nashville High School in 2007. On June 2, 2007 he and Chelsea Arbuthnott married.
He graduated from U. S. Army Infantry School and served with the 10th Mountain Battalion in Iraq, where he was wounded in 2007, receiving a Purple Heart. After discharge, he worked as a bricklayer and gunsmith in Nashville. Since 2013 he has been a Patrolman with the Arkadelphia Police Department and a part-time deputy in Clark County. As an accomplished bagpiper, he performed at graduation ceremonies for the officers at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy.
Will passed away Feb. 23, 2015.
He is survived by wife, Chelsea Sayre, and daughters Alanna Leanne and Emma Claire; parents Dr. John and Patricia Sayre; sisters and brothers-in-law Laura Solkey and Andrew Hopkins of Aurora, Neb., and Dr. Catherine and John Ross of Jonesboro; brother and sister-in-law David and Jessica Sayre of Murphy, Texas; aunt Lois Sayre of Pawnee, Okla.;  uncle and aunt David and Linda Rau, Belle Plain, N.J.; aunt and uncle Judy and Dwight Scoggins, Wynnewood, Okla.; and nephews Joseph Solkey, George and Ethan Sayre, and James  and Paul Ross.
He was preceeded in death by grandparents Al and Jeanne Greiner, Richard Rau and Elwood and Nila Sayre; and uncles Donald and Jack Sayre.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015 at First Christian Church of Nashville with Rev.  Jim Pinson officiating.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at First Christian Church in Nashville.
Interment will be in Bingen-Ozan Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Michael Sullivan, Andy Reeder, Kevin Yeagle, Alvin Johnson, Don Cleek and Jimmy Shearin.
In lieu of flowers  memorials may be made to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Division of Development, 901 E. Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004-2025.
Final arrangements are entrusted to The Welch Funeral Home of Arkadelphia. Visit www.welchfh.net to sign the guestbook.
Edward Lowell Shannon
Edward Lowell Shannon was born in Nashville, Ark., Sept. 9, 1948 and passed on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 in a Dallas, Texas, hospital from complications related to emphysema.
Ed was preceded in death by his father, Floyd E. Shannon; grandparents, Hal and Nell Shannon and William and Bessie Elliott.
He is survived by his loving mother, Fauntine (Tina) Shannon; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Scott Taylor; nephew, Steven and wife, Jessica and children, Erin, Amber, Jamie, and Nathan; niece, Shannon and husband, Brent and children, Michael and Benjamin. Ed is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. His friends that also share our loss are innumerable and they shall remain a part of our family forever.
Ed lived most of his life in Louisville, Ky., where he was employed in the banking and commercial loans and lending business. Ed volunteered at various charitable organizations and was always willing to help his fellow man. Ed was most proud of being an honorary Kentucky Colonel. He also enjoyed researching his Irish Heritage and all things Irish.
An Old Irish Blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at County Line Cemetery in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Friday, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
You may send a sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Joe Barton
Bobby Joe Barton, age 84 of Nashville, Ark., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 in Texarkana. He was born Nov. 2, 1930 in Nashville to the late B.J. and Ruby Coleman Barton. Mr. Barton was a retired farmer in the Buck Range community. He was a US Marine Corps veteran during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He was of the Methodist faith. He loved the Razorbacks, square dancing and tending to his cattle. He loved being outdoors working on his farm.
Preceding him in death other than his parents, was his nephew, Rick Castleberry.
His survivors include: his children, Elizabeth Ann Barton Green and husband, Joe, of Nashville, Ark., Billy Barton and wife, Yolanda, of Nashville, Ark., Charles Barton and wife, Eunsu, of Columbus, Ga., Michael Barton and wife, Andrea, of Nashville; his sister; Annie Nell Barton Gathright and husband, Pete, of Nashville, Ark.; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Services were Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. James Harris and Bro. Bruce Short officiating. Interment followed in Unity Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Bobby Lynn McLaughlin, Sr.
Bobby Lynn McLaughlin Sr., 80 of Crockett County Tenn., formerly of Nashville Ark.,
passed away on Feb. 16, 2015 in Jackson Tenn.
He was born on June 26, 1934 in Tokio, Ark., to the late Vernon Alton and Ollie Mae (Wisdom) McLaughlin.
He was a member of the Alamo Church of Christ, and was a deacon for many years at the Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville, Ark.
He was a retired SFC in the United States Army Reserve. He owned and operated
Nashville Auto Parts, and Mc Laughlin Mobile Home Park in Nashville, Ark.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Georgia Ruth (Gallaher) McLaughlin; three sons, Bobby Lynn McLaughlin, Jr., and wife, Rosemary, of Jackson, Tenn., Johnny Alton McLaughlin and wife, Susan, of Daphne, Ala., and Jackie Joe
McLaughlin and wife, Angela of Magnolia, Ark.; one sister, Wanda Sue McLaughlin Burbank of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 9 grandchildren, Lauren McLaughlin, Haley Thomason, McKenna McLaughlin, Will McLaughlin, Elena McLaughlin, Josh McLaughlin, Jessica McLaughlin, Jayla McLaughlin and Hunter McLaughlin; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Sunset Church of Christ in Nashville Ark., on Saturday, Feb. 28.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Children’s Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road
Paragould, AR 72450.
Jimmy Hooker
James Alton ‘Jimmy’ Hooker, 75, of De Queen died Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.
He was born Aug. 3, 1939, in Billstown.
He was an Army veteran, was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Lockesburg, and was former owner of Hooker Tire in Nashville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelda Jones Hooker.
Survivors include: a son, Marty Hooker and wife, Mandy, of De Queen; two brothers, C.L. Hooker of Dodge City, Kans., and Charles Hooker of Dierks; a sister, Gloria Harrison of Lockesburg; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Sunday afternoon at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Larry Frye and Joe Carlton officiating under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.
Arnold Gene McBride, Sr.
Arnold Gene McBride, Sr., 71, of Dierks died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 in Hot Springs.
He was born Aug. 2, 1943 in Talihina, Okla., the son of the late Elmer and Daisy Fletcher McBride.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Adams McBride, and a son, Arnold Gene McBride, Jr.
Survivors include: a son, Mack McBride and wife, Kerry, of Dierks; two daughters, Teresa Wiley and husband, Douglas, of Jonesville, La., and Angela Vineyard of Corpus Christi, Texas; a sister, Linda Gray of Texarkana; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in the Dierks Cemetery with Chuck Reel officiating under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the funeral home chapel in Dierks.
Nelvin B. ‘Butch’ Ruth
Nelvin B. ‘Butch’ Ruth, 65, of Lockesburg, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.
He was born March 17, 1949 in De Queen, the son of the latre E.I. ‘Pete’ and Dolly Lucille Bailey Ruth. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kelly Ruth.
Survivors include: his wife, Diana Whisenhunt Ruth of Lockesburg; his children, Heath Ruth and Ann Ruth, both of Lockesburg, Matthew Ruth of De Queen, Dawn Miller of Nashville, Leaoriea Scott and Mark Ruth, both of Lockesburg; two sisters, Sharron Little and Evon Cox; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, in the Chapel Hill Cemetery with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.


2 fatal wrecks reported in Howard County in 2 days

Two Nashville people were killed this week in separate traffics accidents in Howard County.
A Nashville woman died Wednesday, Feb. 25 after she lost control of her SUV and crashed on Highway 371 west of Highway 355.
Shara Ann Lawrence, 64, died in the accident, according to the Arkansas State Police. Lawrence was driving too fast for conditions when she lost control of her 2002 Ford, travelled across the centerline and collided with a 2002 Chevrolet truck driven by Joseph Trembley, 32, of Lockesburg.
Lawrence was ejected from her vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by Howard County Coroner John Gray.
The accident happened around 11 a.m. ASP Trooper Mason Glasgow reported there was ice on the roadway and ice and snow was falling at the time of the accident.
The ASP preliminary report did not indicate whether Trembley was hurt in the accident.
On Thursday, Feb. 26, David Elvin Parker, 41, of Nashville, died when his 2006 Suzuki SUV flipped into Dillard Creek northeast of Mineral Springs.
Parker was traveling westbound on Dillard Creek Road around 5:23 p.m. when he drove through the guardrail and hit a concrete embankment. The impact caused the SUV to overturn and come to rest upside down in Dillard Creek.
Parker was pronounced dead at scene, according to a ASP report filed by Trooper Chris Short. The trooper noted the roadways were wet at the time of the accident but the weather was clear.

Blind Spot: Accidents frequent at Nashville intersection

WARNING SIGN. One of the signs along Howard Street warning about the approaching intersection of the Highway 27 bypass and Collins Road.

By John Balch
Leader staff
Patrick Lamb has a disturbing video on his camera phone.
Shot in one take at the intersection of the Highway 27 bypass and Collins Road in Nashville, Lamb said the video is a chilling explanation of why dozens of accidents happen, and will continue to happen, at the intersection.
In the video, Lamb is stopped at the bypass intersection, facing west on Collins. When he pans the camera to the right, there appears to be no oncoming traffic, and Lamb can be heard saying, “Ok, I’ll go now.” A split second later, a fully loaded log truck appears from behind his vehicle’s narrow blind spot – the area where the passenger door frame joins the front of the car.
No part of the long log truck became visible until, Lamb said, “It would be too late.”
Lamb said he is among the many Sand Hill neighborhood residents who wince every time the sound of sirens down the hill is followed by a phone call. He said the frequent accidents at the intersection “set off a panic” and a chain-reaction of neighbors checking with neighbors. Many times the calls are personal, and Lamb himself lost a cousin at the crossing in November of 2008.
According to data Lamb received from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, there were 22 crashes at the crossing from 2000 to 2011, including three fatalities and numerous injuries. (A fourth fatality was reported in 2011 and involved a fleeing motorcyclist that collided with a Nashville police SUV. The collision was not related to the crossing.)
In 2006, there were five wrecks, resulting in one death and 12 injuries. There have been many more since 2011 with the latest accident happening last week and resulting in serious injury.
Lamb said most of the wrecks happen when drivers are attempting to cross the highway to Howard Street or turn left and pull into the path of southbound vehicles.
Lamb said he knows from experience that from the Collins Road side the angle of the intersection combined with the curve of the road to the north and the landscape play right into vehicles’ blind spots. Over the years, he and his family have developed ways to make sure the southbound traffic is clear. Lamb calls his move the “pigeon look” where his head moves back and forth for clear looks beyond the blind spot.
“There are blind spots on all vehicles,” said Lamb. “So, I don’t think this is something you’re going to fix with rumble strips or a ‘dangerous intersection’ sign.” He does know it would be very difficult and expensive to rebuild a safer intersection, and he is not looking for that to happen.
“A stop sign is the only solution, in my opinion.”
Lamb said he has heard the arguments about roadway regulations that prohibit stop signs or lights on highways or bypasses. But, he noted, there is a stop sign at the railroad tracks on Nashville’s west bypass and there is a four-way stop sign where that bypass meets Highways 371 and 278.
The intersection already has the attention of local officials. Nashville Mayor Billy Ray Jones said intersection has been “studied and studied” and he is not convinced a stop light or stop sign would be the right solution.
Mayor Jones said he thinks the same surrounding landscape and stretch of curved roadway that now make the intersection dangerous could possibly cause more issues if a traffic signal or sign is installed.
“You may be creating something worse than you’ve got right now,” said Jones, who said he has “passed along” information about the intersection and is awaiting due diligence.
That due diligence has reached the district level, according to Jason Efird, Howard County’s resident engineer with the state highway department. Efird said the intersection was brought to the attention of the district office in Hope last week and a chain of command through the state highway department will begin, if warranted, in regards to research, reviews and determinations.
Efird noted that once a traffic device is installed – whether signs or lights – it becomes property of the entity in which it resides.
Lamb indicated Friday afternoon that he may take the issue before the Nashville City Council and the Howard County Quorum Court in the near future.

Nashville man commits suicide in Pike County Jail

The Arkansas State Police are currently investigating the death a Nashville man who committed suicide in the Pike County Jail the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 23.
ASP Criminal Investigator Pete Penney said William D. Sayre, 25, of Nashville, was found unresponsive in the jail. Penney would not comment on why Sayre was in the Pike County Jail or the cause of death.
A Pike County official said Tuesday morning the body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy and the matter has been turned over to the ASP.
A Clark County official said Tuesday Sayre was being held at the Pike County Jail in an incident under investigation at the Clark County Jail.
Sayre, who was a Clark County Jail employee and a member of the Arkadelphia Police Department, was arrested with another jail employee, Robert L. Williams, 28, of Arkadelphia on Feb. 14 for second-degree battery following an investigation conducted by Special Agents of the ASP Criminal Division at the request Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Blake Batson.
The investigation stemmed from an incident on or about Feb. 9 when Sayre and WIlliams are accused of the battery of a Clark County Jail inmate, according to the ASP.

Dierks school celebrates FCCLA Week

DIERKS FCCLA OFFICERS. (Front) Kaitlin Kitchens, Vice President of Public Relations; Kaydra Ayers, President; Lillie Woodruff, Vice President of Programs; (back) Kelsey Pickett, Parliamentarian; Kyla Kompkoff, Treasurer; Charlotte Cothren, Secretary; and Adriana Walston, Parliamentarian.

By John Balch
Leader staff
“Everything that they do in here, they are going to use in life,” said Dierks High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Advisor Adriana Hogg as she wrapped up FCCLA Week with 38 of her 56 chapter students.
FCCLA is described as the “ultimate leadership experience” with a mission to “promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer science education.” Its members focus on “multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader” to develop life skills through “character development; creative and critical thinking; interpersonal communications; practical knowledge; and career preparation.”
Hogg, a 1999 graduate of Dierks High School, can recall the days when FCCLA was known as Future Homemakers of America (FHA) and catered more to female students. “Things have changed,” she said. “Now, you have both men and women working. So, we try to get just as many male students involved as we can.” The Dierks FCCLA Chapter currently includes close to 20 male students.
“Our main focus is still family,” Hogg said. “But, now it includes more career, leadership and community involvement.”
It was a busy week – and a busy year so far – for the Dierks FCCLA, according to President Kaydra Ayers, a senior who has participated in FCCLA since 9th grade.
Ayers said the week started out with a project that allowed students to bring their own sodas to drink during first period. The students had to donate $1 to the FCCLA before they were allowed the privilege to drink the soda during class.
“We raised around $90,” Ayers said. The funds went straight to the Jed Harper Foundation, an organization set up by the family of a young Mount Ida cancer victim.
“(The foundation) helps families in need at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and puts money in the hands that need it most,” said Hogg.
Tuesday, the FCCLA students visited the local nursing home to visit residents, some who never have visitors and some who were eager to depart with some of their vast knowledge.
“That was definitely an eye-opener,” said Ayers. “I didn’t realize how touched they would be just by us coming to visit with them. They were just so excited for a bunch of high school kids to come spend some time talking to them.”
Wednesday was “Wear Red Day” to promote the national color of FCCLA. Thursday was “Career Day” where students were encouraged to dress up as the professional they hope to one day become. Friday wrapped up FCCLA Week with all the members wearing their matching blue shirts.
Many months went in to preparing for the week-long event, as well as other past and future projects. “It’s been a lot of fun, but it has been a lot of work,” said Ayers, who added she has used “countless experiences and situations” from FCCLA to prepare for life after high school.
Projects ahead for the Dierks FCCLA include the annual STAR Event competitions where the young students start to research and prepare projects and presentations. The older students, such as Ayers, will assist the students in the projects.
“The STAR Events are the educational aspect of FCCLA,” said Hogg, who has been the FCCLA advisor during all seven years of her employment at the Dierks School District. “It really helps the students prepare for college because it teaches about research and preparation and then presenting their work.”
When the weather warms, the FCCLA will head to Dierks Lake for a clean-up project.
“We always try to focus on what we can accomplish for our community,” Ayers added.
The current Dierks FCCLA officers include: Kaydra Ayers, President; Kaitlinn Kitchens, Vice President of Public Relations; Lillie Woodruff, Vice President of Programs; Kelsey Pickett, Parliamentarian; Kyla Kompkoff, Treasurer; Charlotte Cothren, Secretary; and Adriana Walston, Parliamentarian.
Participating students include: Tyler Parker, Breanna Bohon, Kortny Fitzsimmons, Alyssa Ward, Laci Wright, Emily Whisenhunt, Laci Christopher, Crystal Webb, Katie House, Blair Garner, Katelynd Fennell, Hilda Sanchez, Blake Bradshaw, Jarett Fox, Grant Strasner, Blayn Turner, Destiny Nutt, Taylor Hill, Karley Stapp, Heather Franklin, Hannah Ellis, Miranda Mack, Lexi Simmons, Brayden Kirby, Dalton Vaughn, Jay Garrett, Brian Stuard, Dylan Tucker, Karla Chavez, Daniela Marquez, Abby Bogan, Aaron Bridwell, Sydney Icenhower, Breanna Gosnell, Brenda Bolanos, Cassidy Godfrey, Caleb Dunn, Coralee Kelly, Luke Tollett, Melanie Kesterson, Kaylyn Brasel, Austin Whisenhunt, Jed Morrow, Erin Pollman, Haili Fallis, Alison Kitchens, Cameron Brewer and Colton Strode.


Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: In The Sky

LOOKING FOR HOGS. Spurred by a Facebook request from Danny Power, a Nashville native now forced to live in North Carolina, I’m compiling a list of locals who played football at the University of Arkansas. The list grows slowly.
So far I’ve heard about Ronny Blakely, Jared McBride, John L. Shaddox, Michael Benson, Billy Wepfer, Dr. Mage Honeycutt, Charles Sharp, Craig White, Mark Stavely and Tyler Serrano. Some of these were regulars; some were on the practice squad.
Of course, Scrapper LaMichael Pettway is the most recent signee and we hope he has a great career, earns his degree and represents his hometown well. I don’t think Coach Bielema will let him put a Scrapper Star on the side of the red helmet.
Something is tickling my memory about Bobby Cowling, a West Sunset Street Scrapper, who played (I’m sure) at Rice, and maybe also played at Arkansas (that sort of things happened in those days, and Bobby was well before my time).
But I also asked for names of other area football greats who went on to wear the Hog hat, and the list includes Marlin St. John of Dierks, Stanley Mitchell of Mineral Springs, and Steve Birdwell and Ray Terrrell, both of Murfreesboro.
Ayers Field at Dierks is named after an Outlaw great, James H. ‘Red’ Ayers,who was the first athlete in Razorback history to earn letters in four sports in a single year. As a sophomore, he played halfback for the football team, was on the conference champion basketball team, was an outfielder on the baseball team and threw the javelin on the track team.
Tell me others.
I’m sorry I didn’t note the exact time, but to the best of my knowledge, something really strange happened at about 8 p.m. Wednesday of last week.
I was sitting on my patio with a couple of friends, and we were enjoying a flickering firepit and brilliant conversation. Our attention turned to the stars in the clear sky. After a bit, my friends turned their attention back to the firepit, but I kept looking upward.
And that’s when I saw something like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
It lasted about a second and a half, I’m guessing. It occurred directly overhead.
This is what it looked like (and if by chance you saw this please let me know): It was as something like a flare dropped straight down from the heavens. There was no meteor ‘trail’ crossing the sky. Whatever this was suddenly got three or four times larger and turned bright yellow. Then it disappeared. There was no sonic boom or any explosion sound. My two friends missed it altogether.
I was so impressed with the event that I found my way to an online site called the American Meteor Society. They ask for reports of ‘fireball’ sightings. Maybe that’s what I saw. I answered their questionnaire as best as I could. Now they are looking for confirmation of what I saw and ….. “we’ll get back to  you.”
Whatever it was, I’ve not seen anything remotely like it in my many, many years of amateur skywatching.
And I have not heard back from the American Meteor Society.
SOMETHING GOOD has come from that meteor that streaked across Russian skies two years ago before exploding and causing lots of damage and injuries.
Some perfessers lots of smarter than me say they STILL don’t have any idea where the meteor came from.
Some astronomers and eddycated folks are so worried about the meteor’s surprise visit that the European Space Agency will try to form an early alert system to look out for  threatening meteors and astroids.
I hate it when perfessors on those TV shows about asteroids say “not IF an asteroid hits Earth, but WHEN.”
LA LA LAND. Out in California, the state senate is having to lay off employees.
At the same time, however, they are spending more than a half-million bucks for updating cars for the senators to drive around Sacramento when the senate is in session.
When the senators return to their home districts, they have other state-owned vehicles.
Since it seems that our state legislators are taking pretty good care of themselves, too, I hope that they don’t notice California’s ‘economizing measures.’
I thought that Amendment 94’s intent was to stop lobbyists and deep-pocket organizations from buying influence with legislators. It didn’t take long for the sharks to find ways around the intent of that law.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) forwarded emails: Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
HE SAID: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER, researcher
SHE SAID: “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” HARRIET BEECHER STOWE, author


Obituaries (Week of Feb. 16, 2015)

E.C. Myrick
E.C. Myrick, 88 of McCaskill, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Nashville.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926 in Bingen to the late Ernest Halford “E.H.” and Carrie Thelma Hipp Myrick.
He was preceded in death by a sister; Doris Myrick Belote. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and was a member of Marlbrook Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife of 41 years, Jeanette Coleman Myrick; three sons, Wayne Myrick, Tim Gregory and wife, Sherry, and Mark Gregory and wife, Pam, all of McCaskill; two daughters, Barbara Young and husband, Willie, of West Memphis, and Sandy Fulton and husband, Bubba, of Blevins; two brothers, Kenneth Myrick of Houston, Texas, and John Myrick of Blevins; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 at Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home, Prescott.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at the Friendship United Methodist Church with Rev. David Young and Rev. Lewis Gentry officiating. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery with arrangements by Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home of Prescott.
Bonnie Haislip
Bonnie Jean Haislip, 74, of Nashville died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 in Hot Springs.
She was born Aug. 24, 1940. She was a member of New Light CME Church in Nashville, and had been an organizer of the annual MLK Celebration.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Lynn Haislip.
Survivors include: three sons, Ricky Williams and wife, Phyllis, and Jeffrey Haislip and David Haislip of Nashville; two daughters, Cheryl Haislip, and Kimberly Haislip and husband, Garland, of Nashville; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Light CME church with Rev. Johnny Stuart and Willie Benson, Jr., officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Garden Cemetery in Nashville under direction of Brandon’s Mortuary. Visitation was Friday, 5-6:30 p.m. at the church.
Barbara Louise
Hyatt Erwin
Barbara Louise Hyatt Erwin, 78, of Nashville Ark., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 in Nashville.
She was born Feb. 9, 1937 in Groveton, Texas, to the late Luther C. and Dildy Hyatt Edmiston. After the death of her mother on Dec. 2, 1937, she and her brother, Ray, were adopted by their mother’s brother and his wife, John W. (Jack) and Maurine Hyatt.
Mrs. Erwin was a member of the Bingen United Methodist Church as well as the treasurer, secretary, and part-time pianist. She was a former member of the Howard County Extension Homemakers (president of the Bingen Club, president of the County Council, Southwest District Director), a former 4-H leader, and a former volunteer bookkeeper for the Literacy Council.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Rudolph Erwin; one son in-law, Richard Miller; one brother, Ray Hyatt; and one step-brother, Keith Tibbett.
She is survived by: four daughters, Cynthia Ann Miller and husband ,Scott Ivy, Patricia Louise Gorman, Deborah Kaye Turbeville and husband, Richard, Diana Beth Lamb and husband, Jim Bob; seven grandchildren, Harmony Burton, Melody (Jimbo) Harberson, Melissa (David) Rayburn, Dr. Dean (Katy) Turberville, Jr., Mae Lamb, Abbie Lamb, Sarah Lamb; nine great-grandchildren, Hunter Burton, Lillie Burton, Taytum Harberson, Alexis Rayburn, Ruger Harberson, Dalton Rayburn, Gemma Harberson, Adison Rayburn, Carter Rayburn; and numerous other relatives and friends that mourn her passing.
Visitation was Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville, Ark.
Services were Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in the Bingen-Ozan Cemetery at Bingen.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Organization or the Bingen United Methodist Church.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Gene Stinson, Sr.
Gene Stinson, Sr. 79 of Nashville, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 in Nashville.
He was born on June 12, 1935 in Clow, Ark., the son of the late Limes Stinson and Nora (Russell) Stinson.
Gene was retired from the Case Shear Plant after 57 years and was a member of the Church of God in Nashville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Amos Stinson and A.J. Stinson; and one sister, Fannie Clayton.
Survivors include: his wife, Linda (Foster) Stinson of Nashville;  sons, Gene Stinson, Jr. and wife, Patricia, of Nashville, John C. Stinson of De Queen, Ark., and Carl Stewart of Nashville; grandchildren, Joshua Stinson and wife, Courtney of Texarkana, Hannah Topor and husband, Brandon of Nashville, Scotty Stinson of Prescott, Austin Mote and fiance, Kara, of Conway, Sarah Chesshir and husband, Heath, of Nashville, and Kellby Stewart and Kellcy Stewart of Texarkana; great-grandchildren, Knox Stinson, Samuel Stinson, Wyatt Chesshir, and Bella Topor; his best friend, Harvey Walston of Texarkana; and numerous nieces and nephews.  A host of other relatives and friends mourn his passing.
A memorial services will be held at a later date.
You may send a sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.

Rattler Dash 5K set for March 14

The first-ever Rattler Dash 5K, Snake Walk and Kids’ Run will be held on Saturday, March 14 at the Murfreesboro City Park. All proceeds will benefit the Murfreesboro Rattler track program.
There will be a $25 per person entry fee that will include registration for one participant in the 5K run/walk and a Rattler Dash T-shirt. There will be a $15 per person entry fee  that will include registration for one participant in the Snake Walk/Kids’ Run and a Rattler Dash T-Shirt. (If any child participant wants a T-shirt they must pay the entry fee.)
The deadline to enter is March 5. Makes checks payable to Murfreesboro Athletics.
The event is also in need of sponsors. The sponsorships range from $15 to $50.
For more information, contact Coach Chuck Lowery by email: chuck.lowery@mboro.k12.ar.us or any track team member or coach.

Finally: MIA soldier returns home after 47 years

SFC James William Holt

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Forty-seven years to the day after being listed as missing in action in Vietnam, SFC James William Holt was honored Saturday at a memorial service at the WPA Gym in Historic Washington.
Vietnam veterans from throughout the United States attended the homecoming service, which was organized by Vietnam Veterans of America #278 in Texarkana, Texas.
Holt was born Sept. 19, 1941, in Hot Springs. He attended school in Nashville from first grade through the ninth grade, then moved to Hope and graduated there.
Holt’s family includes his sister, Mary Emma Spigner of Nashville; and his brother, George Holt of Hope.
“Forty-seven years is a long time, 47 years of being missing in action,” Charles Jones said at the memorial. “He left that room and went into another where there is no pain, no war. Jim Holt isn’t missing but is in heaven with God.”
Holt was lost Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1968, at Lang Vei in Vietnam. (See related story, page 5A.) The military listed the cause of casualty as “artillery/mortar/rocket.” He was declared missing in action, and his remains were not located for decades.
George Holt was notified Dec. 15, 2014, that his brother was classified as dead. Testing of DNA samples from George Holt confirmed that James Holt’s remains had been located.
“I really knew something was up four years ago. The Department of Defense at Jackson, Miss., contacted me the second time for DNA. The first was in 1985 in Oklahoma City. Why were they taking another? I knew they had found something.”
George Holt learned that small fragments of bone had been located, and the DNA matched his. Later this spring, he likely will go to Hawaii where the bones were sent and  join the return to the United States. SFC Holt will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, with the date to be determined.
Family members experienced “relief. We finally knew what happened” when they learned of the identification, George said.
The homecoming service at Washington included the posting of colors by an honor guard from the ROTC department at Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University. Iraq veteran Matthew Butler sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and World War II ex-POW Billy Walker explained the POW/MIA table located near the lectern at the WPA Gym. “This table honors the missing men. Never forget the brave men and women who answered our nation’s call.”
Vietnam veteran Johnny Gentry read a list of Arkansans who are still missing in action. Nationwide, there are 3,344 MIAs from World War I, 73,515 from WWII, 7,858 from Korea, 126 from the Cold War and 1,636 from Vietnam.
Veteran Don Ruggles recounted the story of Lang Vie, an account which told of Holt’s heroism in the battle. Retired Col. Paul Longgrear had earlier discussed the attack with George Holt, telling him that “If not for your brother, I wouldn’t be here.” SFC Holt is considered “a legend” by U.S. Special Forces soldiers today, according to Longgrear.
As Betty Robertson sang “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” Vietnam veterans collected MIA bracelets with Holt’s name on them. Some in the audience had worn the bracelets for decades.
The bracelets were presented to the family.
Gen. Jack Lloyd spoke next, saying that “today is the day that James Holt went missing. He gave his life. Here we are, 47 years later. I was a young sergeant who was part of a rescue effort at Lang Vei.
“I give tribute to our Air Force brothers and sisters. On this day 47 years ago, clouds were hanging low. It was unsafe for helicopters to fly. Air Force F-4Cs came in under those clouds and saved the remnants of the special forces there. This was truly a team effort among the branches. When it comes to living and dying, you’re an American,” Lloyd said.
The program ended with the firing of three volleys, “TAPS” and the presentation of the American flag to George Holt and the family by the ROTC Honor Guard.
Holt received numerous awards, including the Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. In 2013, he was inducted posthumously into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame. An effort is underway to upgrade the Silver Star to the Distinguished Service Cross.


Murfreesboro to host regional archery shoot

The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archery Tournament will be held in Murfreesboro on Saturday, Feb. 28, with approximately 350 students scheduled to participate.
The archery shoot will take place in the Murfreesboro High School gymnasium, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The tournament’s top teams will advance to the state shoot in March.
The South Pike County School District is part of Region 8, which includes Pike, Miller, Hempstead, Little River, Sevier, Howard and Clark counties.
The MHS Band will provide the tournament’s concessions.

4 area players ink letters of intent to play in college ranks

UA BOUND. Nashville Scrapper LaMichael Pettway signs with the University of Arkansas Feb. 4. The group includes (seated) Tricey Pettway, LaMichael Pettway and Michael Pettway; (standing) Virginia Hawthorne, Margaret Cooper, Shawn Cooper, Ty Pettway, Shrone Hawthorne, Samuel Fellows, Shera Hawthorne and Shaundell Scott.

SE OKLAHOMA STATE. Nashville Scrapper Lucas Liggin signed with Southeastern Oklahoma State. At the Signing Day event are (seated) Misty Jamison, Lucas Liggin and Travis Liggin; (standing) Melinda Bennett, Michael Jamison, Jeanette Smith, Tristan Jamison, Pauline Kitchens and Kelly Helms.

HARDING. Nashville Scrapper Braden Hood signed Feb. 4 with Harding University. At the Signing Day ceremony are (seated) Candy Hood, Braden Hood and Jimmy Hood; (standing) Tony Pate, Barbara Pate, Cathy Rogers, Caleb Rogers, Sid Steel, Avery Hood, Marti Steel, Ann Hood, Jeff Hood and Jim Hood.

‘REDDIE’ FOR COLLEGE. Murfreesboro High School Rattler senior quarterback Alex Kennedy signed a letter of intent last week to play football for the Henderson State University Reddies. Kennedy is pictured with his parents, Alan and Shawna Kennedy, and Rattler coaches (back from left) Marc McRae, Jeff Jones and Chuck Lowery (not pictured is coach Steve Martin). During the 2014 season, Kennedy, who was a two-year starter at quarterback, hit 113 of 230 passes for 1,661 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 226 yards and eight TDs. Kennedy has also received an academic scholarship to attend HSU.

Obituaries (Week of Feb. 9, 2915)

Mary Irene Brown Lyons
October 20, 1929 – February 2, 2015
“It Is Well, It Is Well With My Soul”
A woman of talent, quiet kindness and grace, Mary Lyons, 85, ascended into joy on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, after several months of illness. Friends and family were fortunate to be able to spend her last few quiet peaceful days with her.
She will be missed greatly by the love of her life, John Lyons, her husband of 62 years, with whom she survived Japan, Korea, Finland, and twins, as the Army took them many places. They formed many lasting friendships while living abroad. They later returned to Nashville where they happily raised their children and became a vital part of the community.
Those who were blessed with her many handcrafted pressed-flower cards and gifts will think of Mary fondly as well. Mary was also a writer, a poet, an expert seamstress, and could even play the piano by ear.
Mary loved Jesus. As a faithful member of First Baptist Church, she rocked many babies during church. She loved her Sunday School class, and she read constantly about living the Christian life and putting it into action.
Mary was preceded in death by her siblings: Lee, Len, Alice, Jessie (Bill), Ed (Shorty), Flora, Marion, Tressie, Bessie and Bert; by her daughter, Regina LaLuz, and her longtime friend from childhood, Syble King West.
She is survived by: her husband, John T. Lyons; her children: Andrea Lyons Schwartz and husband, John; Tony Lyons and wife, Carrie; Eddy Lyons and partner, John Kazee; her grandchildren: Vera LaLuz, Victor LaLuz, and Cyd LaLuz; Amanda Player and husband, Kyle; Greg Schwartz and wife, Sarah; Patrick Lyons and Natalie Lyons, and one great-grandson, Nolan Judd Player.
Mary leaves behind many special friends and companions who graced her life with love and devotion: Lou Jamison, Helen Tommey, Mary Ponder, Caroline Bell, Autrea Nail, and nephew, James Clemmons.
Special thanks for their compassionate care to the nursing staff of Howard Memorial Hospital and Nashville Nursing Center.
Services were Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with David Blase and Kevin Sartin officiating. Interment followed in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 415 North Main Street, Nashville, AR 71852 for Operation Christmas Child. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Perry Anderson, Jr.
Services for Perry Anderson, Jr., 75, of Cleburne, Texas, will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at the First Christian Church of Cleburne. The Rev. Nathan Loewen will officiate. The family will receive visitors 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at Rosser Funeral Home.
Perry passed away at his Cleburne home on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, surrounded by his family.
He was born July 16, 1939, in Nashville, Ark., to Perry Anderson, Sr. and Lola Tollison Anderson.  He was known to childhood friends and family as Tump. On May 11, 1962, he married Adrianne Wilcox Anderson in Arkadelphia, Ark.
He and his family lived in many different places, including Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee before settling in Cleburne, Texas, where he worked as Assistant Plant Manager and Manager of Texas Lime until retiring.
Over the years, Perry dedicated his time to various community organizations. In Nashville, Ark., he served as a member of the School Board and City Council. In Cleburne, he was a member of the Layland Museum Board and a member of First Christian Church where he served as Chairman of Elders and Chairman of the Church Board.
Perry was deeply involved with various Free Mason Lodges. He was a dual member of the Dumas Lodge #547 and the Cleburne Lodge #315 where he served as secretary and treasurer for several years. He was a 32nd Degree Master Mason and recipient of the golden Trowel Award. He was also part of the Commandery of Knights Templar, a degree of the York Rite of Freemasonry.
Perry was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Adrianne; son, Jeffrey Warren and wife, Jen, of Fort Worth; daughter, Ashley Anderson Moore and husband, Barry, of Cleburne; his six grandchildren, Katelyn, Alli Ruth, Lynzie, Anna, Addison, and Michael; and his brother, Gene Anderson of Nashville, Ark.
You may view the obituary online at www.rosserfuneralhome.net or follow us on Facebook.
Mary Lynn Tollett Flemister
Mary Lynn Tollett Flemister, 84, of Nashville Ark., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 in Nashville.
She was born Oct. 7, 1930 in Nashville, the daughter of the late Walter Woodruff and Leslie (Espy) Woodruff.
Mrs. Flemister was a member of the Sunset Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Carroll Tollett, and second husband, Dwight Flemister; and five brothers, James Woodruff, Bill Woodruff, Marvin Woodruff, Floyd Woodruff, and Denzil Woodruff.
She is survived by one son, Drew Tollett and wife, Sue Beth, of Ozan, Ark., one daughter, Lynn Goodwin and Billy Wrinkle of Nashville; 2 grandchildren, Russell Sparks and Kayla Jones, both of Nashville; and two great grandchildren, Konner Jones and Jackson Sparks.
Funeral services will be at 6:30 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 12 with a public visitation beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville, with Karon Baxley officiating.  A private family burial will be held on Friday under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sardis Cemetery Fund, in care of Dildy Reed.
A sympathy message may be sent to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Hogs from Here

HEARD FROM. Nashville native Danny Power is living in retired splendor in North Carolina but keeps up with his old hometown and the Razorbacks. He was excited to read that Scrapper LaMichael Pettway had signed with the Hogs, and he wanted me to research other Scrappers who put on that red helmet with the Hog on the side.
He asked this question on Facebook and I gave a brief answer. It was uncharacteristically brief because I didn’t know much. Other FB readers from here joined in with names.
Off the top of my head I could remember Ronny Blakely, Jared McBride, John L. Shaddox, Michael Benson, and I remembered, vaguely, Billy Wepfer who played for both the Razorbacks and the US Naval Academy long, long ago. Other names suggested were Craig White and Tyler Serrano, both of whom were on the UA practice squad.
So, let’s expand this list. And I’d like names of other area football greats who went on to wear the Hog hat. I do remember the late Marlin St. John of Dierks and Stanley Mitchell of Mineral Springs. Steve Birdwell of Murfreesboro was in school there during my days on campus, and another Rattler was Ray Terrell who attended last year’s reunion of the 1964 National Champs team. Ayers Field at Dierks is named after an Outlaw great who played at UA. His first name is just out of my mental reach but his nickname was “Red,” I believe.
Tell me of others who were Razorbacks.
Danny, incidentally, was NHS class of ’64; retired after 20-plus years as Navy pharmacist. He sez in his career he was mostly attached to the Marine Corps. He’s from a great Nashville family. The Power kids included, in descending order, Glen, my classmate Bobby, Jimmy, Danny, and sister Mary who lives with Danny in NC. Glen and Jimmy are deceased and were much-honored citizens of our town. Bobby retired at Bentonville where he was the high school bandmaster.
HEARD FROM, too. Another bird-and-mirror tale. It was related to us at ‘The Leader’ office, Thursday, by Ida Kesterson of Dierks. She said there was once a determined bluebird that kept after the mirror on her vehicle. She didn’t say, but I’m guessing that the mirror finally won.
PEACE, AT ANY PRICE? Someone asked me if I had officially surrendered in my effort to bring J-Turn drivers to justice. Nope, just taking a break. I can’t help but notice that the number of J-Turns has NOT decreased. If someone were to get a ticket from a Nashville officer, they would have to appear in District Court  where their fine would be forgiven so long as they did not sin again.
The intent was to gain some time so that drivers could become educated that J-Turns are forbidden on Nashville’s Main Street between the Post Office and the railroad tracks.
The problem is that Nashville police are no longer giving J-Turn tickets, so no one is learning the ‘hard’ way that it’s against the law.
I promise to resume the war.
HEAVENS, YES. That incredibly bright planet which rises shortly after sunset is Jupiter. If you’re up real real early next week, and you look at the waning sliver of the moon, you will also see Saturn nearby. I confess to being ignorant about stars, planets and the universe, but that doesn’t keep me from being curious and appreciative of the Almighty’s handiwork.
I haven’t tried to find Comet Lovejoy in recent weeks, and I suppose it is no longer visible. It was a thrill to ‘find’ it amongst all of the other wonders in the night sky.
HOW SICK WAS HE? Well, I didn’t die but it was a close call. I did not have the flu but was down with some kind of epizootic for more than a week. I’m still possessed by a persistent cough.
When I’m sick I eat constantly and I am compelled to do housework. Really. Since I’m already feeling bad it don’t make me feel any badder to dust, mop, vacuum and generally clean. This time I even wiped down cabinet faces in bathrooms and kitchen with some kind of fragrant oil.
Felt good enough to get out for fresh air Saturday, and took a drive up to the Cossatot River State Park Natural Area, one of my favorite places. Navigator and I drove down the dusty, narrow roads to the Ed Banks Access low water bridge (which is closed) and we sat out in the sunshine for about an hour until the cold wind made us admit our cowardice.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) forwarded emails: The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
HE SAID: “The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions — the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.” SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, author
SHE SAID: “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” MARTHA WASHINGTON, First Lady

Busy Week for Scrappers: MVP honored; head coach joins ‘Scrapper family’

SCRAPPER MVP. Scrapper senior Lucas Liggin (right) displays his trophy and plaque after being named the 2014 Most Valuable Player Saturday night at the Rotary Club Football Banquet. Rotary president Jimmy Dale (left) made the presentation to Liggin.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Senior linebacker Lucas Liggin was named the Most Valuable Player for the Nashville Scrappers Saturday night at the conclusion of the 71st Rotary Football Banquet. Rotary Club president Jimmy Dale made the presentation. The club has sponsored the banquet since 1944.
Liggin recorded 86 total tackles for the Scrappers during the 2014 season, including 56 solo and 30 assists. He made two tackles for losses, had one hurry and two pass deflections. Liggin also handled punting duties, with 10 punts for 385 yards. His longest was 47 yards, and he kicked two inside the 20-yardline.
Liggin will sign a national letter-of-intent today (Feb. 4) to play college football at Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant.
Dale said Rotary has been selecting an MVP for 57 years. “We’re proud to do this. For 57 years, this has been the highlight for the Nashville Football Banquet. It’s always been very important.”
The first recipient was James Turbeville, who became a doctor, Dale said. Honorees include one father-son duo, Don Cooley and Todd Cooley. One player received the award twice, Allan Ray.
The selection process involves discussions with coaches, fans, the chain gang, “the community that watches the job performance,” Dale said.
“There are two basic criteria. The first is that the player’s actual value to the team is outstanding. The second is the general character, loyalty, disposition and effort displayed by this individual,” according to Dale.
“This year’s recipient has been exemplary in his unselfishness. He agreed to play in a different position, and he played both ways,” Dale said before announcing Liggin’s selection.
Liggin was selected by his teammates as one of three Permanent Team Captains. The others are Brady Bowden and Braden Hood.
He received the team’s Outstanding Defensive Linebacker Award and was named first-team All-District 7-4A.
Liggin’s selection marked the conclusion of a night of accolades for the Scrappers, who won the District 7-4A championship and advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. They finished the season with an overall record of 10-2, 6-1 in district.
Position awards included the following:
Outstanding Defensive Lineman – Braden Hood. Coach Jerry Baker said Hood’s leadership was “exemplified by the trust his teammates put in him” as Permanent Team Captain. “He’s very special. I’m a lucky man to have coached him,” Baker said.
Hood will sign today with Harding University.
Baker thanked the school and community for supporting him after “I had a little incident,” an injury which occurred in practice and which resulted in hospitalization and physical therapy. “I learned what a great place I’m fortunate enough to live in. [Former Coach] Billy Dawson invited us, and I’ll always be indebted to him. I love you and thank you for this opportunity. The outpouring of concern and love for us from the coaches and community has been extraordinary. I’m genuinely appreciative of this place,” Baker said.
“To you young adults, you’ll look back and see how lucky you are to be here at this time. Seniors, I appreciate you. You’ll be missed. You’re an extraordinary group of young men.”
Outstanding Offensive Lineman – Kirby Adcock. Coach D.J. Graham said Adcock’s father, the late Max Adcock, “was our number one fan. He saw every practice, every snap, every game. He motivated us and gave us pep talks at lineman night. I told him he needed to be here Jan. 31” for the banquet.
“He said, ‘I’ll be there,’” Graham said.
Adcock died Dec. 17, 2014. Dawson officiated at his memorial service. “We have a special guest here tonight, Mr. Max Adcock,” Graham told those attending the banquet.
Graham said the Scrappers snapped the ball 358 times for 2,490 rushing yards. They averaged seven yards per carry and recorded 23 rushing touchdowns. The Scrappers put up 281 passes, with the offensive line yielding only six sacks, Graham said.
“We like to talk about Scrapper Moments. For me, one was the first game at Hope when we had 23 rushes, 252 yards for 11 yards per carry. Another was at Ashdown, when we were down 15-0. Two of the sacks we gave up were in that game. After that, our five men up front took the game up a notch. We had total physical domination and won 31-15.”
Outstanding Receiver – LaMichael Pettway. “Division I players don’t come along very often,” Coach Paul Ernest said of Pettway, who was recruited by a number of schools. He first committed to Ole Miss before choosing Arkansas. Pettway will sign a national letter with the Razorbacks today.
Ernest thanked Dawson and his family. “It means a lot to have them in my life. Luke sent me home two to three hours early every day. He did all our Hudl statistics and video. Ernest thanked Superintendent Doug Graham and the district’s administrators, students and teachers. “I love being a Scrapper. Every day is a beautiful day. I love seeing you every morning.”
Outstanding Defensive Back – Brady Bowden. Coach Brian Bearden said the award is “based primarily on consistency. We had a great group of guys in the secondary – tall and fast. Brady is the model of consistency.”
Outstanding Special Teams Player – Billy Stewart, who was absent Saturday night.
Outstanding Defensive LInebacker – Lucas Liggin. “He faced a little adversity early on,” Coach Brad Chesshir said. “He was moved to a position he’d never played. He was one of the most coachable players ever. He has high character.”
Outstanding Back – Leonard Snell. He moved from a defensive position to starting quarterback, Ernest said. “He did a great job. He got better every day. By the end of the year, he was a very good quarterback.”
Outstanding Offensive Practice Player – Curtis Myers.
Outstanding Defensive Practice Player – Justin Summers.
Coaches reviewed All-District and All-State honors.
Pettway and Stewart were named Class 4A All-State.
Pettway was the District 7-4A Back of the Year.
First Team All-Conference included Stewart, Liggin, Pettway, Hood, Snell, Adcock and Chas Scott.
Second Team All-Conference included Darius Hopkins, Terell Grundy, DeaJeon Armstrong, Corey Cooper, Brady Bowden, Winland Ogden and Ashton Nelson.
Honorable Mention All-Conference included Austin Goodson, Trey Hughes, Trace Hamilton, Dillon Honea, Joel Thurman and Troy Thomas.
Bearden was master of ceremonies for the evening. He served as director of offseason and other aspects of the football program after Dawson accepted the head coaching position in Russellville Dec. 30.
Before he introduced the program, Bearden said he wanted to “thank the people in this room. These 27 years [of Scrapper coaching] have been unbelievable fun. You’ve helped get me through a lot of hardships in my life.”
One of Bearden’s sons, Cameron, died last spring. “I got through things like that with faith, family and friends. My friends and family are one and the same, especially you kids. When you lose one of your own but get to go to school every day, it helps,” Bearden said.
“We love you too, Coach,” one of the players said from the crowd.
Bearden thanked a host of individuals who helped with the football program, including Luke Dawson, a freshman at Ouachita Baptist. “He helped with our stats and video from the goodness of his heart. We’ll miss that rascal.”
Bearden introduced the coaching staff and also introduced Billy and Karen Dawson. “I want to personally tell you and your whole family, thank you for being my friends.”
Bearden briefly reviewed the season, noting that expectations for the Scrappers are always high. “When you live with high expectations, it’s a sunny and cloudy thing. It’s sunny because expectations are very lofty. It’s cloudy because if you don’t reach all of them, there’s a misconception that you’re not a success. Nothing could be further from the truth. They’re champions,” Bearden said of the Scrappers, who finished the season ranked among the top six teams in Class 4A by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
“We’re disappointed if the season doesn’t end the way we want it to, but we’re successful and champions. I’m really proud of you guys,” Bearden said.
Athletic Director James “Bunch” Nichols concluded the banquet. “There’s not a better group of guys anywhere in the state than those sitting right here. As we say in Nashville, Ark., ‘Once a Scrapper, always a Scrapper.’”

NEW COACH INTRODUCED. Scrapper Coach Michael Volarvich and his family were introduced Friday night. The family includes son Gavin, wife Lauren, daughters Mischa and Aubrey, and Coach Volarvich.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Michael Volarvich swapped red and gray for orange and black last week as Henderson State’s offensive coordinator was named the new head coach for the Nashville Scrappers.
The Nashville School Board hired Volarvich on a 5-0 vote during a 10-minute special meeting Thursday afternoon. The new coach was introduced to fans Friday night during halftime of the Scrapperettes’ win over Fountain Lake at Scrapper Arena.
Monday afternoon, Volarvich met with the Scrappers for the first time and made two promises to them. “First, we’re going to work. We’re trying to win football games. We’re going to grind it out,” Volarvich said. “Second, I’ll always tell you the truth. It may be tough a lot of times, but I’ll tell you the truth.”
Volarvich comes to Nashville after a 5-year stint as offensive coordinator at Henderson. During that time, he coached a Harlon Hill Award finalist four seasons, including record-setting quarterback Kevin Rodgers in 2014. The Harlon Hill Award is the Division II equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
In 16 years of college coaching, Volarvich’s teams led the nation in scoring offense in 2003, 2012 and 2013, led the nation in passing offense in 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2013, and led the nation in total offense in 2001, 2003 and 2013.
One of Volarvich’s quarterbacks earned All-American honors eight times in the past 14 years. Volarvich coached the conference player of the year in six of the last seven seasons.
“We’re extremely happy to welcome Coach Volarvich to the Scrapper Family,” Superintendent Doug Graham said. “We’re excited that we were able to hire someone with his background and experience to carry the Scrapper program forward. His resume says enough about his knowledge of football.
“We look forward to watching him make the transition from college to high school and embracing working with younger kids instead of seniors in college. I really think he’ll offer a complete program. If we do things in the right manner, the wins and losses will take care of themselves,” Graham said.
Graham complimented the Scrapper coaching staff, including Brian Bearden, Paul Ernest, Brad Chesshir, D.J. Graham and Jerry Baker, on the job they’ve done “in a month minus a head coach. Coach Bearden did a great job of leading the coaches and players in off-season. The players have become stronger in the weight room. Mental toughness and discipline have been a priority. They’ve taken the ball and run with it,” Graham said.
The Nashville School District received 22 applications for the head coaching position, which became open when Coach Billy Dawson was hired at Russellville Dec. 30. Graham thanked those who went through the process. “It was a very strong list, high caliber. I appreciate that they thought of Nashville that they wanted to be considered.”
Volarvich was hired at a salary of $78,744, pro-rated for the rest of the academic year. His contract will be 240 days.
Volarvich was one of 12 applicants who were interviewed for the job, Graham said. “After the first interview, we were very intrigued with his personality and what he brought to the table. We called back for a second interview and followed up with a 45-minute conference call. Wednesday night [Jan. 28], we drove to Arkadelphia to talk to him again,” according to Graham.
“We’re very impressed with him being the total package. He’s eager to get started in off-season. I’m excited. I think he will do a wonderful job,” Graham said.
Graham said Volarvich’s accomplishments on the football put him a notch above most applicants. In addition, “The more we’re around him, we see he has the personality that kids will gravitate to and the community will relate to. He will enjoy being part of the community. We saw a lot of coaches that are very well rounded with X’s and O’s. A lot of the interviewees have had lots of success. His personality and charisma stood out to us.”
Volarvich’s wife Lauren teaches English at Henderson State. He has three young children, including daughters Mischa and Aubrey, and son Gavin. Lauren and the children will stay in Arkadelphia through the spring to complete school.
“We hope he gets his house sold in Arkadelphia so he can get one here. He told me that he will blow up an air mattress, move into the fieldhouse and work 24/7,” Graham said.
Volarvich graduated from San Lorenzo Valley High School in California in 1995 and attended junior college in California for two years. He attended Kentucky State University and received his bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University. He received his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of West Alabama.
Volarvich played college ball at Kentucky State and attended football camp with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers. He played one year in Germany and two years in arena football.
Coaching experience includes 11 years in junior college and five years at Henderson State.
“I always wanted to coach,” Volarvich said Monday afternoon. “In junior high and high school I was drawing up plays. I always knew I wanted to coach.” He said he’s never run the plays drawn up in high school because some were “pretty bad.”
Volarvich worked with Henderson Coach Scott Maxfield at two different schools and joined him at Henderson.
Volarvich said he keeps up with former players, including Rodgers, whom he recruited out of high school and coached for five years. “I talked to him a couple of days ago. He called to congratulate me on this job. We have a pretty tight relationship. He’s in training camp now” for the NFL.
“I’ve been fortunate to have some really good players,” Volarvich said.
“I liked the X’s and O’s about the game, the strategic part of it. I’ve always been kind of drawn to that,” Volarvich said.
Nashville is “a great place. This is a great job. Ask anybody in the state and they’ll say it’s one of the top jobs in Arkansas. You have great community support. There’s a lot of importance placed on the program. You’ve had great success. The job was too good to turn down,” Volarvich said.
During his time at Henderson, Volarvich said he came to know about Nashville. A couple of former Scrappers attended HSU while he was there, and he’s recruited here before.
After speaking to the Scrappers Monday afternoon, Volarvich watched their off-season workout. “I wanted to let them put a face with my name. I’ll be more involved and vocal as we go on,” he said.
“We’ll see what we have here. Our job is to put the players in positions to be successful,” Volarvich said.
The Scrappers will participate in spring football in May before starting their summer of workouts and 7-on-7. “We’ll do the usual summer stuff, nothing out of the ordinary. We’ll get some of the system taught,” Volarvich said.
One of the most noticeable differences between his position at HSU and his new job at Nashville is the age of the players, Volarvich said. “The youngest starting receiver I had at HSU one season was 21. Players’ ages went up to 26 or 27,” and one was 30.
There was a lot of difference between an 18-year-old straight out of high school and a 22-year-old college senior, Volarvich said.
“Now, my youngest players will be around 15. That’s a demographic I’ve never worked with. The football said will be the same, 11 on offense and 11 on defense. The age will be different. I’m excited about it. There’s a bigger impact as mentor and life coach. I look back at some of the coaches I had, and they really impacted me” from 15-18, he said.
When he’s not coaching, Volarvich likes to “hang out with my family. My wife and kids keep me busy. I like to go home every day to see them. I work out a lot. I like to fish. Most of my free time is with my family,” he said. “I used to have hobbies. Now, I enjoy my family and getting with them to do things.”

Obituaries (Week of Feb. 2, 2015)

James D. “J.D.” Jones
James D. “J.D.” Jones, age 85 of Nashville, passed away, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville.
He was born July 15, 1929 in Mineral Springs, Ark., to the late Fred D. and Willie James Jones. He was a building contractor and carpenter. Mr. Jones was Church of Christ. He loved deer hunting, cooking, loved making things and loved to whittle wood. He loved gardening. He and his great grandchildren would go to the garden, so they could pick vegetables to take home with them. He also loved playing a fierce game of dominos with his daughter, Suzanne, his great-grandson, Andrew, and his great granddaughter, Anastasia. He was a 32 Degree Mason, being a 50 year member of Caddo Lodge #179 in Shreveport, La. He also was a Shriner. He loved his entire family, spending all the time he could with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death beside his parents were two sons, James David Jones, Jr., and Jimmy Ray Jones; his granddaughter, Amy Peebles, and a brother William Fred Jones.
His survivors include: his daughter, Suzanne and husband Dr. Sam Peebles of Nashville; a brother, Victor Jones of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren, Damon Jones Peebles and wife, Michelle, of Nashville, and Samuel Peebles, Jr. and fiancée Amanda Fronobarger of Chandler, Ariz.; four great-grandchildren, Kaden Peebles, Breanna Peebles, Andrew Peebles and Anastasia Quinney. A host of other family and friends.
Masonic Rites were held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends on Friday night from 6 to 8 pm at Nashville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Margaret Ann Rawson Harris
Mrs. Margaret Ann Rawson Harris, age 88 of Hope, Ark., passed away, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in Hope.
She was born in Joplin, Mo., on March 23, 1926 to Paul and Florence Landon Rawson.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. C. Lynn Harris; and two brothers, Paul and Harve Rawson.
Margaret was Valedictorian of Webb City, Mo., High School and a graduate of the University of Arkansas. She taught school in Mansfield and Little Rock, Ark., enabling her husband to graduate from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine and become a Family Practitioner. She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church for many years. She was a member of the P.E.O. for more than 60 years. She was past president of the AR Women’s Medical Auxiliary. In 1969 she was bestowed the honor of Republican Woman of the Year for Arkansas. In 1990 Margaret and her husband, Lynn, were recognized as the Arkansas State Tree Farmers of the Year. She enjoyed being a mother and grandmother, playing golf with her husband, playing tennis with her friends, and playing the clarinet with her daughters. She was an avid Razorback fan and had been a Girl Scout Leader for many years.
She is survived by: her children, Candy Blackwell (Jim) of Nashville, Ark., Steve Harris (Mittie) of Hope, Ark., and Marilynn Wallace (Michael) of Ozark, Ala.; her brother, John Rawson (Mary Lou) of Wichita, Kan. In addition, she is survived by five grandsons: Jason and Jamie Radcliff, Beck Harris and Landon and Harrison Wallace; six great-grandsons: Grady, Hudson, Calvin, Henry, Owen Radcliff and Hayden Wallace; three brothers-in-law, Gerald Harris (Mildred) of Pearland, Texas, Dr. Lowell Harris (Charlene) of Hope and Dr. Winfred Harris (Peggy) of Springdale, Ark.; and a sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Wells (Leland) of Bradford, Ark.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 701 S. Main St., Hope, AR 71801
The family received friends between 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home.
Burial was at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Memory Gardens in Hope under the direction of Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home.
A Memorial Service was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Hope with Rev. Kathryn Hignight officiating. Pallbearers were Jason Radcliff, Jamie Radcliff, Landon Wallace, Beck Harris, Harrison Wallace, and Richard Rawson.  Arrangements by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director.  Online guestbook: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com.
Velora Womack
Velora Womack, 85, of Irving, Texas, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015.
She was born Nov. 30, 1929 at Delight, Ark., the daughter of the late William Ruel Rather and Minnie Ethel Applegate Rather. She was a member of Christ Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James C. Womack.
Survivors include: her daughters, Glenda Lloyd of Irving, Texas, Sherry Hinson and husband, Billy, of Irving, and Tammy Rutledge and husband, Tommy of Brock, Texas; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; sisters Vanita Spears, Betty Grantz and Jean Rather, all of Arkansas; a brother, William Rather of Arkansas.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in the Donnelly’s Colonial Funeral Home chapel in Irving with Greg Beachamp officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving.
Autherene Cowling Peek
Mrs. Autherene Cowling Peek, age 92, a resident of Dierks, Ark., died Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Rogers, Ark.
She was born April 17, 1922 in Nashville, Ark., and was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks. Mrs. Peek was a hairdresser in Dierks for many years and was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many.
Mrs. Peek was preceded in death by her parents, James and Nellie Cowling; her husband, Huel Peek, and a daughter, Lynda Moore.
She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Brannan of Rogers, Ark.; a son, Ronald Peek of Cabot, Ark.; a brother, Dennis Horn of Nashville, Ark.; nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Peek were held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, in the First Baptist Church in Dierks with Dr. David Blase officiating. Burial followed in the Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
Frances Tabor Hewitt
Frances Tabor Hewitt, 65, of Siloam Springs, Ark., died Jan. 29, 2015 at Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, Ark. Born Nov. 21, 1949, in Evening Shade, Ark., she was the daughter of Audie Allen and Ermer Lea (McCullah) Tabor.  Frances was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
Survivors include: a daughter, Sarah Provence and husband, Randall James, of Siloam Springs, Ark., and son, Joshua Stapleton and wife, Christina, of Texas; step-daughter Lisa Abbott of Bunch, Oklahoma; sisters Genieva Scantling of Hopper, Arkansas, June Manire of Dierks, Ark., and Reba Sharp of Dierks, Ark.; brother, Donald Tabor of Jesseville, Ark.; four grandchildren, Orion Handle, Dartanya Stapleton, Justin Pennio and William Pennio, and three great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. To sign the online guest book, visit www.wassonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Roadrunner duh

HEARD FROM. Patsy Young read last week’s thrilling Mine Creek Revelations masterpiece about the woodpecker seeing itself in the mirror. In that MC Revelation, I asked readers if they had any personal tales about animals and mirrors.
She recalls that one warm afternoon perhaps 15-20 years ago — maybe longer — her father, the late Fletcher Harris, left the driver’s side window rolled down in his venerable Dodge pickup truck which was parked outside the family home up in the Fellowship Community.
She says that a roadrunner (this was back in the day when we actually did have birds such as roadrunners and quail in these parts) walked up to the truck and leaped upon the window sill. The bird proceeded to admire himself or herself in the adjacent mirror. It would do this for awhile, then it would sorta pace back-and-forth on the widow sill. Patsy thinks this may have been some sort of mating ritual dance performed to please the bird in the mirror. The Harrises have always been Baptists and don’t hold much with dancing, though.
The bird visited Mr. Harris’s Dodge pickup’s window sill daily “for months and months, maybe even a year,” she recalls. The Harris family would gather on the porch in the evening to watch the charming routine. Back-and-forth it would go; then, stop and admire itself for awhile before resuming the back-and-forth.
Then the bird was gone, just like our roadrunners and quail of today.
Where did they all go? Companies spraying? Coyotes? Fire ants? Radio reporters?
Your guess is as good as mine, and probably better. It’s fine to have a roadrunner that admires itself in a mirror; it’s even better if you’ve got a dancing roadrunner.
And I repeat my invitation for you to tell me about an animal and a mirror.
rATTLEr. Really? For both of my Pike readers.
MORE ANIMAL CRACKERS. I have continued to observe ‘my’ redheaded woodpecker and its antics at the stainless steel ship’s mirror which hangs in the corner of my backyard fence under a loquat tree.
At first, this bird just flung itself at the mirror. After a day or so of this, the redhead began clinging to the side of the mirror and pecking at the reflection.
One evening I watched until nearly dark and the bird never left. Never let up.
Finally, another bird — either its mate or a friend of the family — joined my woodpecker on a branch of the loquat. The duo sat together for a few minutes then they flew off together. It was if the second bird was saying: “They’ve sent me to bring you home.”
But the next morning when I put out peanuts for the bluejays, the woodpecker was back under the loquat, hellbent upon destroying that intruder in the mirror.
When Patsy Young told me last week about her father’s roadrunner, her husband, David, almost ripped the phone from her hands so that he could tell me that last year — this occurred at at least two homes in the Fellowship community — dozens of cardinals flung themselves at windowpanes until they died.
Thanks for that cheery bit of information, David. With an outlook like that you ought to write children’s songs.
AND SOME MORE Animal Crackers.
Earlier this week up in Pennsylvania, ‘Punxsutawney Phil’ emerged from his den and saw his shadow. By tradition that means we’ll have six more weeks of winter.
I say it’s high time we took out a contract on that overgrown rat. I’m ready for spring. Seems to me that several people told me that the persimmons had ‘spoons’ inside the fruit this year, meaning that we would be shoveling snow. As usual, the snow prediction was wrong.
And I’m still waiting on Tiny Lewis to bring me his Official Honeysuckle Lane Old Oak Tree Winter Weather Prediction for 2013-2014. As Tiny always sez, the best way to keep your winter weather prediction from being wrong is to to ‘forget’ to give the prediction in the first place.
FURTHERMORE: a loquat tree is a hardy decorative relative of the lemon tree. It sometimes has fruit which resembles lemons.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) forwarded emails: Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
HE SAID: “I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.” WERNHER VON BRAUN, rocket scientist
SHE SAID: “When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.” MADELEINE M. KUNIN, governor of Vermont and diplomat

HSU’s offensive coordinator hired as new Scrapper head coach

Michael Volarvich

The Nashville School District voted Thursday night in a special meeting to hire Henderson State University offensive coordinator Michael Volarvich as the new Scrapper football coach.
Volarvich has been the offensive coordinator at HSU since early 2010. He has a total of 16 years in college coaching experience.
The following is Volarvich’s biographical information taken from the Henderson State University website:
Mike Volarvich is in his fifth season as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Henderson State. Volarvich has been instrumental in making Henderson State one of the top offensive teams in the country.
During his four years at Henderson, a Reddie quarterback has been named conference offensive player of the year and also have been Harlon Hill finalist with Kevin Rodgers finishing third in the voting in 2013.
Henderson State’s offense has averaged 476.4 yards in total offense, 350.4 yards passing and 42.2 points per game since Volarvich’s arrival.
Under Volarvich, the 2013 Reddies led the nation in scoring offense (53.3 points per game), total offense (576.6 ypg.), and passing offense (428.4 ypg).
Four offensive players earned All-American honors in 2013, while eight earned a spot on the all-conference team.
In 2012, the Reddies led the nation in scoring (50.36 points per game), were third in total offense (516.82 ypg), third in passing offense (377.64 ypg), and third in passing efficiency (172.79). Henderson State also outscored its opponents by an average of 29 points per game.
Eleven offensive players earned all-conference honors, five were named all-region, and four earned All-American honors.
Working primarily with quarterbacks, Volarvich has coached All-Americans Kevin Rodgers and Nick Hardesty who were both finalists for the Harlon Hill Award. Rodgers unanimously claimed the 2012 and 2013 Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Year award helping lead the Reddies to back-to-back GAC titles and a pair of NCAA playoff appearances. In his three years at Henderson, Rodgers has thrown for a HSU and GAC record 10,076 yards and 90 touchdowns and has earned national Player of the Week honors eight times. Rodgers has also been named GAC Offensive Player of the Week a record 11 times. Hardesty earned the 2010 Gulf South Conference Offensive Player of the Year Honor while leading Henderson to a share of the GSC title. A four-time GSC Offensive Player of the Week selection, Hardesty totaled 4,007 yards for an average of 368.3 yards per game.  Hardesty completed 320-of-507 passes for a completion percentage of .631 while having 30 touchdowns.
Prior to his arrival to Henderson, Volarvich was the leader of a potent EMCC scoring offense which led the NJCAA in passing offense and finished second in the nation in total offense.
Coach Volarvich has almost a decade of coaching experience at the community college level, serving as an offensive coordinator at Southwest Mississippi CC and East Central CC before joining the staff at East Mississippi.
Under Volarvich’s leadership at Southwest Mississippi CC, the offense finished ninth among the 2007 NJCAA ranks in team passing.
Volarvich established himself as one of the most innovative offensive minds on the community college level. During his three years at Blinn College in Texas, the Buccaneers ranked in the top ten in the NJCAA statistically in passing and total offense.
In 2003, Volavich was part of Maxfield’s staff and he led a Blinn offense which dominated the community college team statistical ranks, topping the nation in scoring offense (52.8 points per game), total offense (538 yards per game), and passing (328 yards per game).
In 2004, the Buccaneers finished the season ranked seventh nationally with a 9-2 record, led by an offense which finished second in the nation in both scoring offense and total offense.
Volarvich began his coaching career at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Calif., and has handled other responsibilities throughout his career, including recruiting, academic advising and financial aid consolation.
Volarvich, a two-time All-Conference selection at Kentucky State University, was invited to the San Francisco 49ers’ tryout camp and to the Miami Dolphins’ mini-camp in 1999, and played three seasons of professional football.
Volarvich received his bachelor’s degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and later earned his master’s degree in physical education from the University of West Alabama.
Volarvich is married to the former Lauren Park of Houston, Texas, and they are the parents of three children, Mischa Elizabeth, Aubrey Lou and their newest addition Gavin Layne.

Obituaries (Week of Jan. 26, 2015)

Joe E. Goodwin
Joe E. Goodwin, 97, of Conway, formerly of Nashville, Ark., died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at Salem Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1917, in Eggshell (Hempstead County), Ark., a son of the late Thomas M. Goodwin and L. Tela (Keeling) Goodwin.
Mr. Goodwin was a founding member and deacon of Ridgeway Baptist Church in Nashville, Ark.  He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps, and was retired from the Soil Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he worked for 40 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen (McLarty) Goodwin; one son, Joe W. Goodwin; four sisters (Crystal Chandler, Vashti Goad, Frances Griffin, and Pauline Ramage); and one brother (Truman M. Goodwin).
He is survived by a son, Thomas E. Goodwin (Cathy) of Conway; two grandsons, Daniel (Mary) of Conway and Matthew (Lindsey) of Little Rock; and five great-grandchildren: Jackson and Ethan of Conway, and Addison, Molly, and Allie of Little Rock.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015  at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. Funeral Services will be at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
Memorial donations can be made to Ridgeway Baptist Church at P.O. Box 151, Nashville, AR 71852.
An online sympathy message may be sent to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Norma Kesterson
Norma Kesterson, 76, of Dierks, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 in Little Rock.
She was born Oct. 31, 1938, in Burg, Ark., the daughter of the late Kelsie R. and Cozie Kirby Kesterson.
She was a retired registered nurse and attended Fellowship Baptist Church in Dierks.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Don Kesterson.
Survivors include: two brothers Ronnie Kesterson and wife, Sharon, Bobby Kesterson and wife, Gloria, all of Dierks.
Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, in the Fellowship Baptist Church with Gary Welch and James Butler officiating. Burial followed in Burg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 at the funeral home in Dierks.
Edward Leroy Poitra
Edward Leroy Poitra, 81 of Nashville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
He was born April 2, 1933 in Dunseith, N.D., the son of the late Ike and Martha Smith Poitra.
He was a Catholic and was a Chippewa tribal member in North Dakota.
He was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 59 years, Delores Edwards Poitra of Nashville; a daughter, Debora Ann Poitra Thomas of Denver, Colo.; a son, Ronald Lee Poitra of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Eugene Poitra of Dunseth, N.D.; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Michael Collins officiating. Interment followed in County Line Cemetery.
Send an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Elice W. Sweeden
Elice W. Sweeden, 90, of Murfreesboro, died Saturday, January 25, 2015 in Murfreesboro.  She was born May 9, 1924 in Daisy, the daughter of the late Harvey Crow and Sadie Miller Crow.
She was a member of the Saline Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston; a daughter, Gail Russell; and a brother, Buddy Crow.
Survivors include: a son, Glen Sweeden and wife, Susie, of Murfreesboro; two daughters, Gloria Bagwell and husband, Jerry, of Murfreesboro, and Genasa Sarasin and husband, Ted, of Red Oak, Texas; two sisters, Patsy Furr of Hot Springs and Ruth Askew of Daisy; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Monday, Jan. 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro with Bro. Tommy Mounts officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Home Cemetery in Murfreesboro under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation was Sunday from 6-8 p.m.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Shirley Ann Gilbert
Shirley Ann Gilbert, 72 of Nashville died Jan. 25, 2015.
She was born Jan. 9, 1943 in Hot Springs, to the late J.H. Gilbert and Ovie Rene McClendon Gilbert.
She was a Baptist.
Survivors include: three brothers, Jerry H. Gilbert and wife, Dorothy, Billy Joe Gilbert, and Bruce Gilbert;  three sisters, Fern May, Barbara Anderson and husband, Andy, and Selena McKnight and husband, Terry.
Services were Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Bro. David Blase officiating. Burial followed at Bingen-Ozan Cemetery in Bingen under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was 12-1 p.m. on Tuesday before the service.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Randy L. Roberts
Randy L. Roberts, 52 of Nashville died Jan. 23, 2015.
He was born Aug. 22, 1962 to Vivian Roberts and the late Raymond Roberts.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jennifer Culp.
Survivors include: his wife of 14 years, Sydney Lane Roberts; his mother, Vivian Roberts; a brother, Floyd Roberts and wife, Cheryl.
A private graveside service was held at County Line Cemetery on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home.
Anna Lee Horn Wilhite
Anna Lee Horn Wilhite, age 96, of Nashville, passed away, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 in Nashville. She was born Dec. 27, 1918 in Howard County near Mineral Springs, to the late Ed and Lily Bailey Horn.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Wakefield United Methodist Church, where she served many years as a Sunday school teacher.
Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her huusband, I.D. “Baldy” Wilhite; a daughter, Linda Jean Wilhite; four brothers, Lester, Louie, Oscar, and Elmer Horn; three sisters, Elsie Wakefield, Betty Calhoun, and Cleo Chandler.
Her survivors include: one son, Charles Wilhite and wife, Betty, of Nashville; a granddaughter, Sherry Scott and husband, Robert, of Austin, Texas; a grandson, Rodney Wilhite and wife, Barkley, of Tallahassee, Fla.; three great grandchildren, Kennedy, Emory and Nell Wilhite, all of Tallahassee, Fla; and numerous nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Services were set for Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. David Blase and Bro. Kevin Sartin officiating. Interment was to follow in County Line Cemetery. An informal visitation will be held prior to the service.
You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.

Madean Dyer

Madean Dyer, 97 of Nashville, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in Nashville.

She was born Dec. 26, 1917 in Corinth, Ark., the daughter of the late Elmer B. and Stella Margaret Shofner Nowell.

She was a member of the Sunset Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence Dyer; sisters Ruby Fairchild and Evie Thomas, and a brother, Lloyd Nowell.

Survivors include: a son, Richard Dyer and wife, Donna, of Nashville; a daughter, Betty Robbins and husband, Ken, of Paris, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 at Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.

Visitation was before the service at the funeral home.

Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.


Mine Cree Revelations by Louie Graves: Mr. Squirrel’s Trip

ANIMAL CRACKERS. Mr. Squirrel was already in a bad mood when he set out from the treetop nest on the way to Louie’s backyard birdfeeder.
He was in a bad mood because Louie had cut down some pine trees in the side yard last fall. Those trees and their long sturdy limbs had provided Mr. Squirrel and his relatives with an Interstate to the backyard birdfeeder for several years. Now the trees were gone, and it meant he had to climb down from his treetop nest in Louie’s neighbor’s yard; follow a safe path along the ground — always being alert for those sneaky dogs — then climb back up on Louie’s roof to get on the Interstate. From there it was a fairly quick and relatively safe trip along the top of the patio fence; past the colorful fish Louie had hung there in summer months; under the lowquat tree in the corner and suddenly he’d be at the birdfeeder. Dinner time.
Bless his heart, Louie kept the birdfeeder full of sunflower seeds. Most days, anyway.
Mr. Squirrel always ran the fencetop route pretty quick. When he could, he stayed on the flat horizontal board which linked the fenceposts. It was about a foot under the tops of the fence planks which were on both sides of the board.
This meant that Mr. Squirrel was safe from any winged predators and he remembered the scary tales Momma Squirrel had told about one of his uncles being plucked from the top of a fence post by some huuuuuge bird with beady eyes and bad breath.
Mr. Squirrel loved those sunflower seeds. He wouldn’t hesitate to run off any of those little chirping birds fluttering around the feeder. Mr. Squirrel could shinny up the slender black birdfeeder pole; grip the birdfeeder tray and help himself to the seeds.
When his squirrel tummy got full he just climbed backward down the pole. He dashed to the corner of the patio fence and climbed up the entrance ramp to the Interstate.
He made the trip several times each day. And he wasn’t the only one. Cousin Squirrel and his whole family also were plump on sunflower seeds.
One day something terrible happened when Mr. Squirrel climbed the birdfeeder pole. As he climbed up the pole to grip the feeder tray, some kind of sticky substance got all over his paws. It was sticky and yucky and he couldn’t grip the pole. That doggone Louie had smeared gobs of vaseline on the pole.
For several days Mr. Squirrel moped around on the ground, eating what few seeds those danged little birds spilled.
Then, being a clever squirrel, he realized that he could hang upside down on the fence by griping the board with his back paws. He’d dangle himself just above the tray with the seeds. Once again he could eat to his heart’s content.
That worked for awhile but then that doggone Louie smeared more vaseline on the fence plank.
Mr. Squirrel landed on his punkin head the first time he slid down the fence. That’s why he was mad.
Just give me some time, he said to himself smugly. I’ll figger out how to get to those seeds. There’s not a human or bluejay I can’t outwit.
Just a note about Mr. Squirrel. One of his ancestors invented the Squirrel Two-Step. That’s the dance they do when they are in your lane of traffic and can’t make up their mind which way to run. A-one, and A-two, and A-one and …..
rATTLEr. Really? For both of my Pike readers.
MORE ANIMAL CRACKERS. A few years ago I was given two mirrors which had been salvaged from an old navy vessel and sold at a garage sale somewhere down in Texas. I guess the giver figgered I needed the mirrors because I served in the Navy (little did she know that the Navy has been trying to take back my Good Conduct Medal).
I hung the mirrors on the fence around my pool. One of them was hung in the clear; one was under a tree which grew over the fence. They serve no purpose other than to reflect light and the blooming landscape during appropriate months.
Sunday I heard a racket in my back yard. Went outside and watched in amazement as a woodpecker squawked and squawked, and attacked its own image in the mirror.
I’ve seen robins do this before, but never a redheaded woodpecker. The bird was tireless … and fearless. It never won an encounter with the bird in that shiny stainless steel mirror, but it never backed down until I scared it away.
What kind of birds or animals have you seen that attacked their own images in a mirror or windowpane?
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) forwarded emails: The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
HE SAID: “I wake up in the morning, I do a little stretching exercises, pick up the horn and play.” HERB ALPERT, trumpet player
SHE SAID: “For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness.” REBA McENTIRE, singer


Playing it by Ear: Nashville music shop for sale, owners plan move to NWA

DOWN ON MAIN STREET. After 13 years in business, Greg and Christy Nunley have announced their plans to sell Mainstreet Musician Supply and move to Rogers. The store is located at the corner of Clark and Main Street in Nashville.

By John Balch
Leader staff
“The automatic assumption is that we’re going out of business,” said Greg Nunley, owner of Mainstreet Musician Supply after making it officially known that he and wife, Christy, have put their business up for sale and are planning a move to Northwest Arkansas.
“We’re not going out of business,” Greg emphasized. “We’re just making a move.”
The Nunley family has owned and operated MMS at the corner of Clark and Main Street in Nashville for the last 13 years. The business, located in a restored historic 1892 building, has supported the family of five during that time and continues to thrive today.
The Nunleys are planning to sell the business, the building and its full inventory of new used and instruments, as well as the current guitar and violin 30-student load. The only things not included in the sale will be the repair tools, projects, supplies and personal items they will need for their scaled-down business in historic downtown Rogers.
“It’s going, it’s profitable,” Greg said about MMS’ inventory and established customer base. “All anyone would have to do is come in and stand behind the counter. The hard work has already been done.”
MMS’s guitar teachers and violin teachers have all indicated they will continue to work from the Main Street location. The teachers are not employees of the business but are more or less independent contract workers with the Nunleys providing the lesson space and handling the scheduling.
“We’ve got some really, really good guitar teachers and an excellent violin teacher,” Greg said. Whoever buys the place “would be crazy not to continue on with the lessons.” He said MMS has cycled countless students through their lessons, which in turn has “created a whole lot of musicians out there and that helps create your market.”
The majority of the shop’s customers – on the repair, restoration and custom-building side of the business – have also indicated they will stay loyal to the Nunleys.
“A lot of them have said they will come up there or ship up there, and we do already have quite a few customers in that area,” Christy said.
Greg and Christy, both graduates of Nashville High School in the 1980s, said they will remain in Nashville until the business sells and, if needed, stick around to help the new owners get acquainted with the store and its customers. But, they will not be taking on any new repairs or projects until the transition to their new home is complete. Greg has a sizable backlog of work in the shop, which will keep him busy for at least another four months.
Greg and Christy would prefer to be in Rogers before the start of the next school year to accommodate their youngest child, Matthew, who is a 10th grader at Nashville.
“We’re just going to have to see how it works out,” Greg said. “We’re really playing it by ear and really don’t have a specific timeframe. We are content here, but we are kind of in limbo since we have a building already in Rogers.”
Christy added, “We’ve thought about it and prayed about it for a long time and it feels like we’ve gotten lots of confirmation about the direction we’re supposed to go.”
The Nunley’s plan is to get out of the retail business and concentrate solely on repair, restoring and building instruments. A flier the Nunleys posted on Facebook states the new shop in Rogers will specialize in “fixing the unfixable, building the unbuildable, and taking a nap every day after lunch (says Greg).”
“We’re going to change our focus a little bit,” according to Greg. “I’ve got enough of a following with the luthier work that it would stand by itself and so we are just going to cleave off (the retail side of business) and just do that.” (As far as the naps, Greg said, “I think I would be fond of naps if I every got to take one.”)
The new location is Rogers will be similar to the Nashville location in that it is a very old building in need of much restoration. All restoration of the 123-year-old Nashville building was done by the Nunleys and that, too, will be the case in Rogers. The new location is a two-story building and the Nunleys plan to live above the workshop.
“That will be different from what we’re used to,” added Greg. “It’s kind of an Old World scenario that sounds very intriguing to me.”
The main reason the Nunleys picked Northwest Arkansas to relocate has to do with family. They already have kinfolk and in-laws in the area and they are banking on a “pretty good chance” their oldest son, Luke, a flight instructor at Henderson State University, and their daughter, Hailey, a third-year graphic design student at HSU, will eventually join them.
“We love it here. We’ve lived here virtually all our lives and we are perfectly content here and we’re certainly not moving to get away from anything. Business is good,” said Greg. “We’re looking toward the future and there just isn’t many opportunities in this area for a pilot or graphic designer. We want to be somewhere where it will be good for them.”

IN THE WORKSHOP. Greg Nunley looks over a 1914 Gibson mandolin he is restoring in his workshop at Mainstreet Musician Supply.


Interest high for Scrappers’ top job

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
“The search continues.”
That’s how Superintendent Doug Graham describes the process of finding a new football coach for the Nashville Scrappers.
The Nashville School District has received 17 resumes from prospective coaches, Graham said. Resumes have come from coaches in Arkansas and eight other states.
“We’ve interviewed several. We’ve also had discussions with those not on the list,” Graham said. “We’ll keep taking applications until the position is filled. We’re still trying to have a coach by Feb. 1.”
Those who have applied so far include the following:
Danny Adams, head coach, Winfield City High School, Alabama
Ronnie Alexander, defensive coordinator, Calvary Baptist High School
Thomas Bachman, head coach, Bastrop High School, Louisiana
Scott Chisholm, offensive coordinator, Berryville High School, Oklahoma
Chad Davis, DeBartolo Sports University, Oklahoma
Adam DePriest, offensive coordinator, Harrison High School
Paul Ernest, assistant coach, Nashville High School
Eric Gibson, assistant coach, Yulee High School, Florida
Don Harrison, head coach, Newport High School
Brooks Hollingsworth, offensive line coach, Conway High School
Buck James, assistant coach, Little Rock Christian
Chad Mitchell, assistant coach, Waldron High School
Justin Pressley, assistant coach, Pearl Cohn High School, Tennessee
Josh Price, head coach, Dardanelle High School
Brett Schrable, head coach, Quitman High School
Mike Volarvich, offensive coordinator, Henderson State University
Zach Watson, offensive coordinator, Morrilton High School
“I’m still really pleased with the amount of interest, from those who formally submitted resumes and those off the record,” Graham said.
“We’re continuing to talk. We’ll probably interview too many. There are lots to talk to, and lots who want to talk to us,” according to Graham.
Coach Brian Bearden is directing the Scrapper offseason program. “I’m really pleased with Coach Bearden and the assistant coaches. They’ve done an outstanding job keeping things afloat. We’re getting the last preparations for the football banquet in order,” Graham said. The banquet will be Saturday, Jan. 31.
The search process “is winding down. We anticipate an announcement fairly soon, certainly by Feb. 1,” Graham said.

‘More than just a piece of cloth’ – Flag ceremony part of Warrior Hunts’ return to Lake Greeson

RETIRED BY FIRE. Larry Lawson, a U.S. Army veteran from Louisiana, participates in a special ceremony to retire an American flag Saturday night at Lake Greeson. Lawson is part of Warrior Hunts, an event hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Greeson Field Office for a second time.

By John Balch
Leader staff
With every head bowed in silence around a crackling campfire, Old Glory was retired by fire during a special ceremony held at the conclusion of this weekend’s Warrior Hunt on Lake Greeson.
Many of those in attendance, still dressed in their camouflage hunting clothes, dabbed tears from their eyes and stared long and intently into the flames as the last bits of fabric disappeared.
“I tried to hold it together,” John Nolan told the crowd gathered Saturday night after leading the emotional ceremony to properly retire the American flag. Nolan, a Louisiana native and retired soldier with the U.S. Air Force, is the director of Warrior Hunts and has been involved in many flag retirements but has only led the ceremony twice.
“But, it gets me every time,” Nolan later said.
This year was the second time Lake Greeson has hosted the Warrior Hunts, which Nolan helps coordinate with the Patriots Alumni and Louisiana Sportsman (PALS) and the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association as well as the Wounded Warrior Project. The hunts are designed to be therapeutic outings for soldiers of all ages and from all branches of the military who have participated or been physically or mentally injured in wars around the world.
Approximately 27 soldiers and family members returned to Lake Greeson this year, some participating in a special squirrel hunt where 46 squirrels were bagged while others enjoyed a lengthy ATV ride around Albert Pike.
“This is a great place with great people,” Nolan said. “We’re already talking about coming back next year and maybe doing some fishing.”
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Greeson Field Office partnered with the USDA Forest Service, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to host the event. Kirby Motel and Landing and owner Clay Crump donated the rooms for the event and personnel from the Corps’ field offices at DeGray Lake and Ouachita were also involved.
Following a meal provided and prepared by Lake Greeson personnel and the Lake Greeson Sportsmen’s Alliance, the soldiers and their families moved down the hill from the motel to a large campfire to prepare the flag for retirement. They privately separated the flag’s colors into strips.
“I am your flag. I was born on June 14, 1777. I am more than just a piece of cloth. I am the emblem of the greatest sovereign nation on earth,” Nolan said to open the ceremony. “I have led your sons to battle from Valley Forge to the blistering desert of the Arabian peninsula.”
Each soldier and their family members held ragged strips of the flag and were asked to retire them by colors. First the white, which represents the “burning tears shed by Americans who lost their sons in battle.” Next the red, which “symbolizes the blood spilled in defense of this glorious nation.” Each strip was carefully placed on the fire.
Nolan had reserved as special red piece of the flag that he and an older soldier held together and committed to the fire. “This is for our fallen and their families,” Nolan said, his voice cracking with emotion. The elder man then saluted the flames.
Nolan then turned to another fellow soldier and said, “Please, retire the Union.” The blue field of stars, representing “God’s Heaven under which I fly, and my stars, clustered together, unify the 50 states as one for God and country,” was laid in the fire, followed by a lengthy moment of silence.
The flag that was retired flew over the Corps’ Lake Greeson Field Office above Narrows Dam and had never seen any wartime or bloodshed. But, as Nolan said again, the flag represents “more than just a piece of cloth” and should be respected at all times.
Nolan also informed those around the fire it is “absolutely O.K.” to approach someone about the condition of their flag and request that it be properly retired.
“When you see Old Glory in tattered shape, it’s kind of our responsibility to step up and say something about it,” he said.
With the retiring of an old flag, a new flag was presented, this one to motel owner Crump for his donation to the event. The flag had been flown over the Louisiana capitol, the state where most of the visiting soldiers reside.
“Fly it proud. Always. ” Nolan said.


Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Never Forget Him

JUST NAMES ON the cold gray monument.
Our county veterans’ service officer, Milton Puryear, promises to loan me a book about a local sailor who was killed in WWII.
The book, “A Blue Sea of Blood,” was published in 2008. It is subtitled: “Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS Edsal.”
Aboard that Navy destroyer when it disappeared in late February or early March of 1942 was Sam Cassady of Nashville. Our country still doesn’t know what happened to the ship. Doesn’t know exactly when it it slid under the waves of the South Pacific in the Java Sea.
Reportedly, the Japanese navy picked up a few survivors; interrogated them; and then executed them. Other survivors were reportedly left to their fates in the water.
“I’m sure his family held out hope that he’d walk out of a Japanese prisoner of war camp after the end of the war,” Milton told me.
Shortly after the war was over, though, the sailors of the Edsal were all officially declared dead by the U.S. government.
His death wasn’t the last that the family would suffer while defending our shores in WWII.
On Howard County’s courthouse lawn monument to our war dead, Sam Cassady’s name is only one line away from that of his brother, Elvin, who fought in Europe with the Army.
Elvin’s outfit got to within 40 or so miles of Berlin late, late in the war. Just two days before his outfit was ordered to stop advancing, he was killed by artillery fire. That would have been in 1945. “Hitler was still alive at the time,” Milton notes. The Americans were held back so that the Russians could enter Berlin first and take their savage revenge.
On the book cover of “A Blue Sea of Blood” is a photograph of the crew of the USS Edsal, wearing their immaculate ‘dress whites’ and clustered around the front gun mount of the ship. The faces — they are still so young and excited. Milton doesn’t know if Sam Cassady was in that group pic.
Those soldiers and sailors like the Cassadys were just boys. How would our lives be different if they had survived and raised their own families and helped form our community? If the Cassadys had survived the war they would now both be very old men. Instead, they are forever fuzzy-cheeked boys who had dreams of a normal future.
The brothers and their compatriots were all heroes we should never forget.
COMET LOVEJOY. It was a real struggle to find.
I had a good idea of where it was supposed to be, but could not find it for the longest. For several clear nights over and over without success I scanned the area where it was supposed to be. I used two different pairs of binoculars and also with the naked eye. The latter could have been my problem. I had read that the comet was the same brightness of any of the four stars that make up the cup of the Big Dipper. Wrong. Maybe someone else could have seen it with the naked eye but not me.
Finally, Friday night, I sat in a comfortable patio chair and used binoculars for one more sweep of the heavens. I was at the point of giving up.
And there it was. A greenish smudge just west of the Seven Sisters (the Pleiades). I went out again Saturday night and looked at the spot again just to make sure my imagination wasn’t tricking me. And there it was again.
Both nights my viewing time was about 9:30 and the comet was practically directly overhead. Hope that helps you find it.
Lovejoy is now traveling away from our sun and will disappear soon. Won’t be back for about 8,000 years.
rATTLEr. Really? For both of my Pike readers.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. Killed by my heavy left foot in our office, Thursday morning, was a scorpion. I described it as a giant mankiller, but our John Balch said that it was teeny-weeny and that I was a ‘sissy’ for stomping on it so gingerly two times. Heck, I was afraid it would sting me through the thin sole of my worn-out shoe.
AND on my night drive to Newhope last week I witnessed another large owl fly low across the road, caught in the beams of my headlight.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) forwarded emails: Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn’t smoke unless it’s heated above 450F.
HE SAID: “How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, writer
SHE SAID: “Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.” ANN LANDERS, advice columnist


Obituaries (Weeks of Jan. 12 & Jan. 19, 2015)

Week of Jan. 12, 2015
John A. ‘Jan’ Castleman
John A. “Jan” Castleman of Nashville, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at his home.
He was born Feb. 21, 1927 in Nashville, the son of the late David Monroe “Buck” and Sarah Tennie Maroon Castleman.
He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville.
He was preceded in death by three brothers: L.C. Castleman, D.M. Castleman, Jr., and Herbert Castleman; two sisters, Mary Frances Jenkens, and Lucille Cowling.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Delsie Clark Castleman of Nashville; a son, Todd Castleman and wife, Linda, of Nashville; two daughters, Jennifer Crews and husband, James, of Post Falls, Idaho and Mindy Tarno and husband, Andy, of Nashville; a brother, Michael Castleman and wife, Janet, of North Little Rock; a sister Betty Hood and husband, Bob, of Arkadelphia; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Bro. Glen Green and Bro. Paul Bullock officiating. Burial followed at Unity Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
Visitation was at 9 a.m. until service time at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
Epps J. Rorex
Epps J. Rorex of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 in Nashville, Ark.
She was born on June 3, 1917 to the late Richard Alvin and Minnie Werlein Jones in Sampson, Ala.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Nashville since 1948. She sang in the choir, served as church secretary, and taught sunday school. She was member of Elberta Chapter 538 Eastern Star, and the Nashville Garden Club.
She was beloved wife of John (Jack) Rorex for more than 63. She and Jack established Quality and Budget shoe stores in 1948 and continued serving Nashville’s Business Community until 1973 when they sold to Dale and Shirley Hamilton. They also established shoe stores in Arkadelphia, Mena, Ark., and Natchitoches, La.
Mrs. Rorex is survived by many nephews, nieces, and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015. A reception followed after the funeral services at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville, with Bro. Kevin Sartin and Bro. David Blasé officiating. Burial was at Restland Memorial Park.
Sympathy messages may be sent to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Patricia A. Brown
Patricia A. Brown, age 77, of Nashville, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015.
She was born on July 1, 1937, in Newhope, the daughter of Otto Everett and Vera Coffman Everett. She was preceded in death by her son, Gregory W. Brown; and her parents.
She was Methodist in her faith; was a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics, and was a teacher for Kirby and Mount Ida schools. She was truly blessed with a special gift for interior decorating; was an avid lover of football, especially her Nashville Scrappers and the Arkansas Razorbacks; and in her earlier years, as a military wife, she enjoyed cooking and entertaining for many. Above all in Patricia’s life, her greatest love was her two sons and her precious grandchildren.
She is survived by her son, Bradley A. Brown, Jr., of Nashville; two grandchildren, Tyler A. Brown and Melissa S. Brown; and her very special cousin who was always there for her, Pam Kirby of Dierks.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in the Liberty Cemetery with Bro. David Blase officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
In lieu of flowers, it is the families wish that everyone would take time to make themselves aware of what the true meaning of schizophrenia is, how it affects a victim plagued with such disease and what their life is truly like.
Guest registry is at davis-smith.com.
Kenneth Earl Barnes
Kenneth Earl Barnes, 67, of Nashville, died Saturday, Jan. 10 in Texarkana.
He was born March 25, 1947 in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Survivors include: two sons, Tim Barnes of Burleson, Texas, and Rusty Barnes and wife, Peggy, of Parachute, Colo.; a brother, Robert Barnes of Nashville; a sister, Anita Franklin of Burleson, Texas; also grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at the Center Point United Methodist Church in Center Point, Ark.
Week of Jan. 19, 2015
John Steve Kirby
John Steve Kirby, age 51, a resident of Dierks, Ark., died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 near Dierks.
He was born May 12, 1963 in De Queen, Ark. He was co-owner of Kirby & Kirby Dozer and Gravel; was a faithful member of the Burg Church of Christ, where he taught Bible class; and was a devoted family man. He was also the fire chief for the Umpire Volunteer Fire Department, and loved the Razorbacks.
Mr. Kirby was preceded in death by his father, George Virdo Kirby.
He is survived by: his wife, Penny Kirkpatrick Kirby of Dierks; his mother, Kathryn Chandler Kirby of Dierks; two sons and daughters-in-law, Derek and Cassie Kirby of Burg and Devin and Neesha Kirby of Umpire; one daughter and son-in-law, Laken and Daniel Faulkner of Umpire; one brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Pam Kirby of Dierks; one sister and brother-in-law, Janette and Gary Bearden of Umpire; seven grandchildren, Brayden Kirby, Andrew Kirby, Hannah Kirby, John Taylor Kirby, Jacoby Faulkner, Brielle Kirby and Amelia Kirby; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Kirby were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in the Dierks Church of Christ with Burl Young officiating. Burial followed in the Burg Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at the Burg Church of Christ.
You may register on-line at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
Edward Leroy Poitra
Edward Leroy Poitra, 82, of Nashville died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. He was born April 2, 1933.
Funeral arrangements are with Nashville Funeral Home.
Virginia Reeves Barton
Virginia Reeves Barton, native of Pike County, died Jan. 18, 2015.
She was preceded in death by her husband Foy, three sisters and three brothers.
Survivors included: a daughter, Ruthann Meacham and husband, Donald; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in area hospitals and nursing homes.
Services were scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 21, 2015, at the Delight Church of Christ with Randy Hughes officiating. Burial was to follow in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Tuesday evening at the Latimer Funeral Chapel in Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Larry Thompson
Larry Thompson, 54, of Boles, Ark., died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
He was born March 6, 1960 in Prescott.
He was a member of the Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Delight.
Survivors include: his wife, Carlene Stovall of Boles; his father, Doyle Thompson and stepmother Leah of Harrah, Okla.; his mother, Sybil, and stepfather Phil Lewallen of Antoine; two brothers, Jerry Thompson of Delight and Phillip P. Lewallen of Emory, Texas; a sister, Phylissa Braley of Nixa, Mo.
Services were Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel with Danny Eckert officiating. Burial followed in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Abram Ross Wylie III
Abram Ross Wylie III, 67, of Little Rock, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at Baptist Hospital.  He was born June 4, 1947 at Carthage, Ark., the son of the late James and Clora Alice Wood Wylie.
He was a Murfreesboro High School grad, and was a veteran of the US Army with service in Vietnam with the Americal Division. He was retired from the Arkansas State Highway Transportation Department.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Camille Miller of Murfreesboro.
Survivors include: his son, Abram Ross Wylie IV, daughter-in-law, Keli Wylie of Little Rock; brothers, Jimmy Wylie of Sumter, S.C., David Wylie of Hot Springs, Steve Wylie of Sherwood; a sister, Dolly Johnson of Murfreesboro.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at Center Point Cemetery in Center Point, Ark., with Bro. James Wainscott officiating under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation will be Thursday from 12-1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Sharon Cox
Sharon Cox, 65, of Nashville, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 in Nathan. She was born Nov. 27, 1949 in Odessa, Texas, the daughter of the late William and Carsey Gray Hooper.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Stacy Watts; her husband, Johnny Cox; brothers and sisters, Roger Hooper, Roy Hooper, Maggie Hooper, Freddie Hooper, and Ken Hooper.
Survivors include: a son, Brock Cox of Nashville; daughter, Misty Windham of Nashville; a brother, Wesley Hooper of Bloomburg, Texas; a sister, Diane Hamilton of Nashville; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church near Nashville with Bro.Tim Freel officiating.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Jimmie Lee Shelton, Sr.
Jimmie Lee Shelton, Sr., 79, of Murfreesboro, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 in Murfreesboro. He was born Jan. 1, 1936 in Texarkana, Texas, the son of the late John James Edward and Lula Bell Burns Shelton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Venie Marie Banks Shelton; and a son, James Shelton.
Survivors include: a son, Jimmie Shelton, Jr., of Murfreesboro; three daughters, Sharleen Villalobos, Cindy Villalobos, and Amanda Shelton, all of Murfreesboro; a brother, George Shelton of El Dorado; also grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Cindy Villalobos residence, 1013 3rd Ave.; Murfreesboro.

New Pike County leaders sworn-in

NEW PIKE COUNTY LEADERS. The Pike County Democratic Central Committee and the city of Murfreesboro hosted a swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 1. Among those sworn in were new Pike County Judge Dwight Mack (above taking the oath of office from Judge Charles Yeargan) and new Murfreesboro Mayor Rodney Fagan.


‘Seemed like right time’ – Scrapper coach moves to Russellville after 91 wins, 3 state championships

COACH AND FAMILY. Coach Billy Dawson and his family visit at Scrapper Homecoming Oct. 10, when daughter Rachel was a senior football maid. The family includes wife Karen, Rachel, son Luke and Coach Billy Dawson.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
After eight seasons, 105 games, 91 wins and three state championships, Scrapper Coach Billy Dawson cleaned out his desk Monday afternoon and left for his new job as head coach of the Russellville Cyclones. He will also serve as athletic coordinator and offseason coach.
The Russellville School Board hired Dawson for the position Dec. 30. He held a meeting with the Scrappers Monday, then went to Russellville for a meeting with the Cyclone coaching staff that night. Tuesday, he had his first meeting with his new team.
Dawson, his wife Karen, son Luke and daughter Rachel moved to Nashville in April 2005.
For the new coach, joining the Scrappers was actually coming home because he lived in Nashville for six years while his father, the late Bill Dawson Sr., was high school principal. Dawson moved to Bentonville when the future coach was a senior.
With Dawson at the helm, the Scrappers pulled off a three-peat, winning state championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007. The team went 14-1 the first year, 14-0 the second and 14-1 the third.
Dawson coached two more seasons before resigning in 2009 to become pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, where he had been baptized when he was a student. Dawson’s record was 65-4 and included a 33-game winning streak.
Coach Tim Perry led the Scrappers in 2010 and 2011.
In late 2011 and early 2012, Dawson served as interim running backs coach at Arkansas State when the Red Wolves played in their first GoDaddy Bowl at Mobile, Ala. Soon after his return from the game, he started to consider a return to the Scrappers after Perry resigned.
Dawson came back in January 2012 and coached for three more seasons. He ended his career at Nashville with a record of 91-14.
“The shelf life of coaches is four or five years,” Dawson said Monday. “I was coach here for eight years.”
Counting his time at Immanuel, Dawson and his family were in Nashville 10 years. The Scrappers lost the first game of his tenure back in 2005 to the Hope Bobcats. After winning state that year, Dawson joked that he didn’t know if he would last the season after falling to Hope. “Ten years later, I’m leaving on my own accord,” he said.
Dawson interviewed at Russellville Dec. 19. He said he has found that part of the state “intriguing. We lived there before” while he was offensive coordinator for Arkansas Tech in 2002-03.
When the Russellville job opened up, “It seemed like the right time.”
Luke graduated from NHS in 2014 and is a freshman at Ouachita Baptist University. Rachel will graduate in May and will attend OBU. Karen teaches at Nashville Junior High.
“Nashville has been good to us. My kids graduated here. Immanuel and Mountain View Baptist Church [at Umpire] have been good to us. We couldn’t repay what Nashville has done for our family,” Dawson said.
He will stay in Russellville during the week until school is out and come home on weekends.
Dawson served as pastor at Mountain View and said he will continue to “help out until I move or until they find somebody.”
For Dawson, the best part of coaching in Nashville was “the community. There are so many people that have had an impact on our family. It’s all about the people.”
As for the Scrappers, Dawson said he is leaving with the team “in good shape. We have a good program. They have great days ahead. I’m proud of being part of teams with some success. One hundred five games in eight years is incredible. I’m proud to be part of it.”
The three state titles and 33-game winning streak were among the Scrappers’ accomplishments. “It’s been an awesome run,” Dawson said.
“I have no regrets,” Dawson said on his last day as Scrapper coach. “It’s worked out how it’s supposed to. Change can be good for our staff and our kids. I hope they have a great year.”
He doesn’t “foresee any of the [Nashville] staff going at this point” as he begins his job at Russellville.
Dawson said he appreciates the players on his eight Scrapper teams. “I love them and stay in touch and root for them and embrace the experience.”
With Dawson’s departure, the Nashville School District has begun the search for a new head coach.
Dawson said there are “plenty of qualified people. They’ll have no trouble hiring somebody. We have a loyal staff and loyal kids. They will be very successful.”
Search for now coach underway
With Coach Billy Dawson now at Russellville, the search for his successor is underway.
Superintendent Doug Graham said Monday that the Nashville School District likely will start taking applications for the position this week.
We will advertise it officially in the next day or two,” Graham said. “The last few days, I’ve been contacting some people on my list and having preliminary talks to see if they’re interested.”
Graham, Athletic Director James “Bunch” Nichols, Assistant Superintendent Joe Kell and NHS Principal Tate Gordon will interview prospects “at the appropriate time.”
Coach Brian Bearden will oversee the football program in the interim, Graham said. “He’ll oversee off-season, grades, discipline, anything administrative until the new coach is named. Then he will work in the transition. He will keep things rolling.”
Graham said he doesn’t have a time table for selecting a new coach. “If there’s a target date, it’s Feb. 1, but there’s no time frame. There’s no sense of urgency to do it immediately. We want to be thorough and get the right guy.”
In the week since Dawson announced that he was leaving, “We’ve seen a lot of interest. We’ll let it shake out,” Graham said.
Dawson interviewed with Russellville Dec. 19 and was hired by the Class 6A school Dec. 30.

Elderly Delight man pleads guilty to child’s death; fined, loses license for life

By John Balch
Leader staff
The elderly Pike County man charged in the death of a Kirby student pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge of negligent homicide.
Dwight L. Moody, 88, of Delight, entered the guilty plea in front of the family of Jazmin Hernandez, 12, who Moody ran over and killed after she exited a school bus on Oct. 27.
At the request of the seventh-grader’s family, Moody was sentenced to no jail time because of age, but he was fined $2,500 plus court costs, sentenced to one year of probation and agreed to forfeit his driver’s license for the remainder of his life.
Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir filed the misdemeanor charge against Moody on Friday, Jan. 2 in Pike County Circuit Court. Chesshir had met with the child’s parents and an interpreter numerous times and the family was asked to consider either a misdemeanor or felony negligent homicide charge against Moody. Chesshir said after much consideration and discussion that the parents eventually chose the misdemeanor charge and also requested that Moody serve no jail time.
“This has been a very emotional case for everyone involved,” said Chesshir.
Hernandez was hit by an SUV driven by Moody after she got off the school bus near Salem along Highway 70. She died at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where she was air-lifted following the accident. She was aboard an eastbound Kirby School District bus that was stopped and unloading students with all its emergency lights and signals activated at the time of the accident. The 2001 Ford Explorer driven by Moody and occupied by his wife, Dorothy Moody, 84, failed to yield to the bus and struck Hernandez as she crossed the highway, according to an Arkansas State Police report.
Court documents identified the bus driver as Thomas B. Mounts, who told officials after he stopped the bus and engaged the emergency equipment and opened the bus to release students that he checked the rearview mirror and then looked back up to see Moody’s vehicle failing to stop and striking the child.
“All other witness reports indicate that all of the bus equipment was visible and in proper operation,” according to case records. “Additional witness statements further indicate that at the time of the incident Mr. Moody was traveling westbound at the posted speed limit or under when it appeared that the driver observed the bus too late to stop. However, the driver did attempt to swerve to no avail and struck the child.”
Moody could have been charged with felony negligent homicide which carries a punishment of up to 20 years in jail and a fine up to $15,000.
Chesshir said that as part of the investigation that led to the negligent homicide charge involved testing Moody’s vision. Moody failed the vision test and Chesshir said he acknowledged that he should have stopped driving “a long time ago.”
After pleading guilty to the charge, Moody, who had not hired a defense attorney, met privately with the family for the first time and expressed his remorse.
“He told the family how sorry he was and that the child’s death would bother him every day for the rest of his life,” Chesshir said.

A Double Shot of Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves

A Foodie Tradition (Dec. 31, 2014)
BROCCOLI CASSEROLE. That is my small family’s tradition for Christmas dinner. It’s something we got from Jane’s father who always insisted on a giant steak, baked potato and broccoli casserole instead of what I had been accustomed to — which was basically a replay of Thanksgiving dinner.
One thing we learned over the years here is that apparently lots of people want broccoli casserole at Christmas. At least that’s what we told ourselves every year when the available supply of frozen broccoli so quickly disappeared from freezers of the succession of grocery stores we’ve had here since 1970. One year, in fact, we did without the casserole because there was no broccoli left in town.
We learned from that experience. Several weeks before Christmas each year, Jane or I would beat the rush and bring home several packages of frozen broccoli. At some point, it became hard to get good broccoli. The only stuff available was usually some unknown brand, and the package contained just barely-recognizable scraps of broccoli plant stems. Newvertheless, the tradition continued.
Since 2007 I’ve taken Christmas dinner at daughter’s place and she’s always taken care of the broccoli dish. But this year we decided to do Christmas here. “I’m already looking forward to the broccoli casserole,” daughter said excitedly over the phone. “You pick up the ingredients and I’ll fix it at your place.”
Dread crept into my head: What if there’s no broccoli in town? What if there’s only a miserable selection of offbrand, unrecognizable broccoli stems?
This bothered me so much that I got up in the middle of the night and drove to Walmart. I saw some packages of broccoli. Grabbed two. Then I saw more packages by another brand two steps down the aisle. “What the heck, I’ll get a bunch of broccoli.”
Later that day, when most adult humans were up, I called daughter to tell her that I had bought a bunch of broccoli. She had me read the label. It said that the broccoli was ‘steamable,’ and that scared her. What if it’s not the right kind? She’s not exactly the broccoli casserole expert her mother was.
So, in the middle of the next night I drove out to Walmart again and got two more packages of broccoli. There was no mention of steamable on them.
Two days later I was doing my usual grocery shopping at Brookshire’s when I noticed packages of broccoli in the freezer. Old compulsive Louie bought two more packages.
If you’re counting, that’s eight packages of broccoli which I’ve stuffed into every corner of my refrigerator’s small freezer (it’s the only freezer this bachelor has).
Christmas came and went. Daughter and granddaughter came and went. Julie fixed a great broccoli casserole. I made her promise not to mention that we still had four packages of broccoli in the freezer because I had heard some people out in town grumbling about not being able to find broccoli this year.
Well, there was one thing I could do with all that broccoli. I had saved a recipe for broccoli cheese soup which I saw on Facebook (remember boys and girls, don’t believe every thing you read on Facebook, email or Twitter). The recipe said this was delicious, and that was a lie.
I started assembling ingredients for crockpot broccoli cheese soup and I was not the slightest bit worried about having enough broccoli.
So there I was in my kitchen, Saturday, cubing cheese, dicing onions and chopping broccoli feverishly when a truly unfortunate thing happened.
Truly unfortunate.
Old college pal Eddie Cobb dropped by to modestly share some of his immense wisdom. We stood and talked while I put the ingredients into the crockpot.
On his way out the back door, Eddie observed that the soup would cook a lot faster if I plugged the crockpot into the electrical outlet.
YEAR END REPORT on the cancer patient gasoline voucher project. There’s no audit and no tax deduction. I gather funds from some generous friends, a Sunday School class at Immanuel Baptist Church, a neighborhood weekly Bible study group, and others.
The funds are for cancer patients’ travel expenses to chemo, x-ray, lab, etc. When Jane and I were making two and three trips a week to Little Rock, some friends came forward and started buying our gasoline. We appreciated it so much.
After she died, I decided do the same for others who were in that situation.
Since then the project has given away approximately $35,000 in the vouchers. Along the way we’ve seen some people cured, and we’ve also lost some. It’s an emotional thing.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) forwarded email: The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
HE SAID: “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.” NEIL GAIMAN, author of comic books
SHE SAID: “Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.” MELODY BEATTIE, author
Teased By A Comet (Jan. 7, 2015)
IF YOU ARE LIKE ME and are fascinated with doings in the night sky, then you have already heard about Comet Lovejoy which is reportedly making its appearance in our south sky. The moon is bright, and it is our greatest enemy in sighting the comet. And, drat it, practically the whole time Lovejoy will be with us we’ll have to contend with the moon.
Except on nights when when it’s overcast. Which is usual, just my luck.
Right now, Lovejoy is supposed to be as bright as the dimmest of the four stars that make up the ‘cup’ of the Big Dipper.
Supposedly, if you look south somewhere under the feet of Orion the Hunter you can see Lovejoy. For some reason it doesn’t have much of a tail. If A.J. Higginbottom was still here he could explain it clearly to us.
Wednesday night of this week is supposed to be the time of best viewing. Lovejoy will be at its closest to Earth — only 44 million miles away. That’s 44,000,000. Lovejoy made its last pass by Earth more than 11,000 years ago, astronomers say.
And, that missing tail usually helps us tell the difference between a comet and a star or planet.
I hope to live long enough to see a couple more comets. When Haley’s Comet made its rounds back in 1986 I went out in my back yard and laid down in order to have a steadier platform for using the binoculars. I found Haley’s Comet but it was mostly a pale smudge in the sky. Either that, or I was looking at something on the lens of the binoculars.
Then we had the comet Hale-Bopp back in 1997 and it was visible for about 18 months. It made a glorious and gradual pass across our sky.
Comet Lovejoy, by they way, is named for the feller that discovered it. He lives ‘down under’ in Australia and has to hold on to the earth for dear life lest he fall off.
My binoculars. They’re about 50 years old. I bought them at a Royal Navy store in Hong Kong. See, I had a few bucks left on the day before my ship was due to leave port. There was no reason to save the greenbacks because there was nothing to spend them on when we were at sea. I walked up and down the aisles of the store and spotted the binoculars. Bought them because the price exactly matched the money I had left in my bellbottoms.
HOOK ‘EM HECK. I am still marveling that Arkansas beat Texas in that bowl game.
After all, we WERE playing against Texas, a team that almost always beats us. We were playing deep in the heart of Texas. In the SOMETHING-SOMETHING Texas Bowl. And our players had to wear a SOMETHING-SOMETHING TEXAS BOWL patch on their uniforms.
I mentioned to some friends that even the television announcers seemed to be from New Boston or Hooks. All they could talk about was Texas, Texas, Texas, and they gave practically no credit at all to the Razorback team which was absolutely creaming the Longhorns out on the field.
Absolutely the best way to close out the year: Watching Longhorn fans streaming out of the stands during the fourth quarter.
I got so excited that I went out at midnight and re-hung the Razorback banner over my front door.
rATTLEr. Really?
BYE, BYE BUTTERFLY. Several different groups are asking the government to declare the Monarch Butterfly an endangered species, saying that in the last 20 years we have killed off 90 percent of its population.
One perfesser says that the loss, in human terms, would be like killing every living person in the U.S. except for those in Ohio and Florida.
The reason is apparently genetically-engineered plants. Bigtime farmers are now able to spray for weeds without killing the desirable plants. Those weeds include Milkweed which is the only thing Monarchs and their caterpillars will eat. The midwest is virtually without Milkweed now and the Monarchs have a hard time living without food. The midwest is also the Monarchs’ main route on their annual mating trip to Mexico.
I ordered some Milkweed seeds from an online nursery, and Dr. John Hearnsberger brought me some wild Milkweed seedpods from one of his trips to fight pheasants in Iowa.
I plan on putting the seeds out in the spring in hopes to attracting Monarchs to my yard.
For those who do not know, Monarchs are the large orange and black butterflies we used to see fluttering through our town.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading (and believing) forwarded email:  Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
HE SAID: “Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy.” AKHENATON, pharoah of the 18th dynasty, Egypt
SHE SAID: “My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.” NIA VARDALOS, screenwriter and producer


Obituaries (Weeks of Dec. 29, 2014 & Jan. 5, 2015)

Bobby Bevill
Sunset came for Bobby Rowland Bevill on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, when he gained his wings to enter Heaven. Bobby was born on Wednesday, July 9, 1947, in Beebe, Ark., to Linnie Bell and Mabel Etta Rogers Bevill.
He was a Vietnam Veteran and proudly served in the United States Army, where he received three Commendations medals and a Purple Heart. Bobby worked as an apprentice mechanic for a few years before he and Marlene moved to Gillham. He retired from Weyerhaeuser Company after working there for more than 30 years. He worked for Walmart for five years.  After retiring, he became an avid gardener. Bobby was a charter member of the Sevier County Farmer’s Market and loved sharing the bounty from his garden with friends and family. He loved visiting with people and was so proud of being able to provide fresh vegetables for others to enjoy. Bobby was a member of Punkin Center Hunting Club and enjoyed hunting and camping with his deer hunting buddies. Bobby knew God and was a Baptist.
Having fought cancer for more than two years, it can honestly be said Bobby ran the race with pride and has now finished his course.  God said “Welcome home my good and faithful servant.”
Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Roger Dale, William Charles, and Carl Thomas; two sisters – Linnie Mae and Patsy Ruth, his father and mother-in-loves – Jerrell Tyrone and Ophelia Bernadene Carmical Winn; and a brother-in-love – Jerrell Stanley Winn.
Bobby leaves behind to cherish his memory and honor him the love of his life for almost 50 years – Shirley Marlene Winn Bevill; three children who were his pride and joy – his sons Matthew Anthony Bevill and wife, Emily of Mena, Ark.; Todd Jeremy Bevill and wife, Tiffany of North Little Rock, Ark.; his daughter, Bobbi Shirlene Bevill Aldridge and husband, Anthony, of Pearcy, Ark., and his chosen grandson, Zac Bevill of North Little Rock; his sister, Mary Smith and husband Don of Carlisle, Ark.; his brother, Ben Bevill and wife, Eddie, of Cabot, Ark.; his brother-in-love, Ronnie Winn of Conway; several nephews and nieces, along with a number of friends.
Sunset services were to be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen, Ark. Burial with military rites will be held at Valley Cemetery near Gillham, Ark., with Reverends Jerry Hill, Bob McManus, and Steven Chenoweth presiding.  Visitation was held at Chandler Funeral Home on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who has been there for us, prayed for us, and just loved us during this difficult time. Sadie and Sunnie from Ouachita Hospice were excellent care-givers for which we are extremely thankful.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Almond Church in Gillham, Ark., through First State Bank, De Queen, Ark.  You may send an online sympathy message at chandlerfuneralhome.com.
Agnes Hughes
Agnes Hughes, 97, of Nashville died Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, in Nashville.
She was a former resident of Pine Bluff and was the mother of Hollis Hughes of Nashville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and are with Nashville Funeral Home.
Celestine Campbell
Celestine Campbell, 81, of Nashville, died Dec. 26, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born April 6, 1933 in Cicero Ill., the daughter of the late Bruno and Emily “Molly” Kelpsas.
She was a member of the Nashville Community Church.
She was preceded in death by a daughter Sharon Leewright; and a brother, Don Zilhart.
Survivors include: her husband, Orville Campbell; two sons, Charles Campbell of Ft. Worth, Texas, and John Campbell of Azle, Texas; two daughters, Emily Bedford of Haltom City, Texas, and Cathy Serrato of White Settlement, Texas; two brothers, Ralph Kelpsas of Wisconsin and Ron Kelpsas of Washington; a sister, Judy Erickson of Oklahoma; also, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services were scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Bingen-Ozan Cemetery in Bingen under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home Nashville.
Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 from 6-8 the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Larry Jernigan
Larry Jernigan, 66, of Nashville died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born March 25, 1948 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Survivors include: a son, Cody Jernigan; a stepson, Jonathan Viers; two brothers and four sisters.
Cremation service arrangements were organized under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Nadine Hicks
Nadine Hicks, 91, of Nashville, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Highland, Ark., the daughter of the late Clyde Cooley and Hester Mae Higgins Cooley.
She was a member of the Mineral Springs Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey V. Hicks; a daughter, Betty Turley, and a brother, Malcolm Cooley.
Survivors include: a son, Carroll Hicks, of Nashville; a daughter, Carolyn Frasher of Evansville, Ala.; a brother, Glen Cooley; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville with Mike Reese officiating. Burial will follow in the Restland Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Don Janell Orsburn
Don Janell Orsburn, 79 of Nashville, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.
She was born July 24, 1935 in Prescott to the late Jim K. and Thelma Grimes Caruthers. She was retired from Charlie’s Thriftway Grocery Store in Nashville. She was a member of the Ridgeway Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William Harold Caruthers.
Survivors include: a son, Steven Daughtery and wife, Tonya, of Nashville; a daughter, Terry Hoover and husband, Ricky, of Murfreesboro; also grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Ridgeway Baptist Church with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating.
Agnes Daniels Hughes
Agnes Daniels Hughes of Nashville, Ark., formerly of Pine Bluff, Ark., went home to be with her Lord on Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at 4:40 p.m. All who knew “Aggie” are sure she greeted Him with a “yoo-hoo” and a “happy day.”
Agnes was born Oct. 19, 1917 in Pine Bluff, the daughter of Amber and Harry G. Daniels. After graduating from Pine Bluff High in 1936, she attended Judkins Business College. She then worked as a bookkeeper for Froug’s Department Store, also working in subsequent years at Marti’s Gift Shop, Juanita’s Gift Shop and Long’s Book Store.
Agnes married Capt. Hollis L. Hughes, Sr., in 1941 before he was sent to Germany from 1944-45 as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. When the war ended, the couple was stationed in Germany where Capt. Hughes was killed in an accident in 1956. Agnes and her son Hollis Hughes, Jr., returned to Pine Bluff where she spent the remainder of her life until her move to Nashville, Ark., in 2006. In Nashville she attended First United Methodist Church.
Many people knew Agnes from her baby-sitting and/or volunteering in community service. She did volunteer work for 10 years at JRMC, 18 years for Trinity Village and 5 years for Volunteers in Public Schools. Membership in the Bess Jenkins Club and the Aletha Study Club also kept Agnes active in Pine Bluff life.
Her greatest service though was to her Lord. Agnes was a vital part of life at Central Presbyterian Church, serving as its first woman elder, teaching Sunday school and serving as Sunday School pianist for over 50 years. She was awarded the first Lifetime membership in the Presbyterian Women’s organization.
Agnes was preceded in death by her husband and 2 brothers, Harry E. Daniels and Teddy V. Daniels. She is survived by her son, Hollis L. Hughes, Jr., of Nashville, Ark., and 7 nieces (and husbands): Lou (Bob) Bruce of Woodlands, Texas, Floy (Paul) Barber of Longview, Texas, Carolyn Kane of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Barbara Hughes of Houston, Texas, Judy Hughes of Houston, Texas, Adair (Pat) Anderson of Pine Bluff, Ark., Merry Tom (Doug) Doris of Whitehall, Ark.; 6 nephews: Willard (Kay) Hughes, III of Harrison, Ark., Milton ( Carolyn) Hughes of Pine Bluff, Ark., Tony( Rosemary) Hughes of Little Rock, Ark., Halbert (Mignon) Hughes, Jr., of Dallas, Texas, Ray Price of Pine Bluff, Ark., David (Jenny) Daniels of San Bernardino, Calif.: a sister-in-law, Betty Price of Pine Bluff, Ark.
Services were in Pine Bluff, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at 2 p.m., at Central Presbyterian Church sanctuary with visitation from 1 p.m. until service time at the church fellowship hall. The service was led by Rev. Dave King. Burial followed at Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff. Memorials may be made to the Central Presbyterian Church, 6300 Trinity Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71603 or First United Methodist Church, 1403 Sunset Street, Nashville, AR 71852.
Geneva O. Doss Walker
Geneva O. Doss Walker, age 97, of Delight, departed this life Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 in Baptist Hospital at Arkadelphia.
She was born Sept. 7, 1917 to the late S. B. and Flora Webb Doss. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Murfreesboro, a homemaker, a substitute teacher and a member of Extension Homemakers Club of Delight.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ersal Walker; son, Clyde Thomas Walker; daughter-in-law, Mary Ruth Walker; granddaughter, Kimberly Ann Walker; siblings, Loreda Denton, Ruth Evans, and Robert E. Doss; and granddaughter-in-law, Pamela Walker.
She is survived by: one son, Doss Walker and wife, Marilyn of Murfreesboro; daughter-in-law, Wilma Walker of London, Ark.; grandchildren, Jason Walker and wife, Carrie of Franklin, Ind., Robert Walker and wife, Rachael of Murfreesboro, Kristi Walker Buck and husband, Randy of Delight and Scott Walker of Bettendorf, Iowa; great-grandchildren, Katlyne Jade Smith, Taylor Ruth Walker and Cody Walker Smith; three nephews and a host of family and friends.
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home Chapel in Arkadelphia with Bro. Rob Evans officiating. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial was in Delight Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Delight Cemetery Fund @ Bank of Delight. Online register is available at www.ruggleswilcox.com.
Harry Lynn Hoover
Harry Lynn (Hootie) Hoover died Dec. 31, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.
He was born on Sept. 9, 1925 in Texarkana, Ark., to his parents, Sim and Lattie Hoover.  He was lovingly referred to as Pappy by his adoring family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Jane Hoover; brother, Richard Hoover; granddaughter, Lindsey Hoover, and great-granddaughter, Jayci Hoover.
Harry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Annette Hoover of Texarkana, Texas; a daughter, Joy Lamb, of Cedar Park, Texas; a son, Jay C. Hoover (Jill) of Texarkana, Ark.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In his younger days growing up in Texarkana, he attended Patty Hill School and played football at both Arkansas High School and Henderson State University, where he had also had his own band. It was there he met and married a cheerleader from Nashville, Ark., Annette Carlton. After starting his family and career in food service and government contracting, he became devoted to his love of the Lord and his then-home church, Central Christian Church, Texarkana, Texas, where he was a Deacon and Elder.  After living and working in several cities, they retired to Hot Springs Village, Ark., before recently returning to Texarkana. He loved his family dearly and loved people in general. He always had an encouraging word for any one he met. Pappy will be missed.
Graveside services were Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, 2 p.m. at Restland Cemetery, Nashville, Ark., under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Christian Church, 903 Walnut St., Texarkana, TX  75501 or Alzheimers Alliance, 100 Memory Lane, Texarkana, TX  75503.
You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Ralph Lex Daniel
Ralph Lex Daniel, age 91, of Nashville, passed away, on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014 at a Hot Springs hospital.
He was born Nov. 2, 1923, in McCaskill to the late Wiley and Ellen Lingo Daniel. In October, he lost his wife of 65 years, Minnie Belle Morton Daniel, after being her primary caregiver for four years. A Methodist, he was a member of Avery’s Chapel Church.
Survivors include: his son, Danny Daniel (Janell) of Nashville and daughter, Diane James (John) of Hot Springs; two grandchildren, Chris Rowland of Royal and Danna Reed (Clint Snow) of Nacona, Texas; great-grandchildren, Emilee and Avery Belle Reed and Cooper Snow; five step-grandchildren, Sherry, Jennifer, John Jr., Kristina and Melissa, as well as a number of loving nieces and nephews and a host of loyal friends. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gus and Gentry Daniel, and two sisters, Ruth Flaherty and Othel Polk.
Possessed with a strong work ethic, Ralph retired at age 82 after more than 50 years working at Case Shear. He loved any activity that included using his hands — gardening, hunting, fishing, tinkering, and playing dominoes. He had an impressive memory and extensive knowledge of the McCaskill and Hempstead County areas and enjoyed talking about the old days. Talented at restoring and driving antique A and T Model Fords, he often received requests from other owners to solve mechanical problems. In his later years, he was entertained by visiting and drinking coffee with good friends at Road Mart.
Arrangements are by Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. Graveside services and burial were on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Merrill Cemetery in Belton, with Mike Reese officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Avery’s Chapel Methodist Church, 1008 Hempstead County Road 339, McCaskill, AR 71847.
George Thomas Shewmaker
George Thomas Shewmaker, 101 of Nashville, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 in Nashville. He was born Feb. 7, 1913 in Tulsa, Okla., to the late Paris and Mabel Green Shewmaker. He was a retired cattle and poultry farmer. and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 73 years, Martha Nadine Shewmaker; a son, Bill D. Shewmaker, and a daughter, Betty Conklin.
Survivors include: a son, Berry Shewmaker and wife, Diane, of Nashville; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Restland Memorial Park Cemetery with Jim Lane officiating. Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

Russellville hires Dawson as head football coach

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Russellville School Board, Tuesday night, hired Scrapper head football coach Billy Dawson as the new head coach for the Russellville Cyclones.
The Nashville School District will develop a plan to find Dawson’s successor, according to Superintendent Doug Graham. “I haven’t sat down with anybody yet. We’ll lay out a plan pretty quickly.”
Cyclone Coach Jeff Holt resigned Dec. 16, according to the Russellville Courier. Holt compiled a record of 86-93-2 during 16 years as the head coach. The Cyclones were 2-8 overall this past season and 0-7 in conference.
Graham said that Dawson met with Russellville school officials on Friday, Dec. 19.
“Randall Williams, superintendent of Russellville, contacted me out of courtesy to inform me that Coach Dawson was on their list to visit,” Graham said.
“I will respect the process and continue to support Coach Dawson regardless of his decision. If you have high profile and successful people working, they will be the target of other schools trying to fill positions,” Graham said.
Dawson’s teams have compiled a record of 91-14 during his eight seasons as head coach. The Scrappers won the state championship during his first season in 2005 and added two more titles in 2006 and 2007. They have advanced to the state playoffs each year of his tenure.
The Scrappers won five conference championships and posted three undefeated regular seasons during his tenure.
Dawson resigned following the 2009 season to become full-time pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville. He officially began his time with Immanuel July 12, 2009, and served as pastor while coaching the Scrappers during the fall season. He stepped down as coach in early December 2009 after the season ended.
Coach Tim Perry led the Scrappers in 2010 and 2011.
Dawson returned in 2012 and coached through the recently concluded season.

Scrapper head football coach interviews with Russellville

Rumors swirled during the weekend about a possible move for Scrapper Coach Billy Dawson.
Superintendent Doug Graham confirmed that Dawson met with Russellville school officials on Friday, Dec. 19.
“Randal Williams, superintendent of Russellville, contacted me out of courtesy to inform me that Dawson was on their list to visit,” Graham said Monday morning.
No announcement had been made by press time Monday. Graham said a decision is expected sometime this week.
“I will respect the process and continue to support Coach Dawson regardless of his decision. If you have high profile and successful people working, they will be the target of other schools trying to fill positions,” Graham said.
Dawson’s teams have compiled a record of 91-14 during his eight seasons as head coach. The Scrappers won the state championship in 2005, 2006 and 2007. They have advanced to the state playoffs each year of his tenure.
The Scrappers won five conference championships and posted three undefeated regular seasons during his tenure.
Dawson resigned following the 2009 season to become full-time pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville. He officially began his time with Immanuel July 12, 2009, and served as pastor while coaching the Scrappers during the fall season. He stepped down as coach in early December 2009 after the season ended.


Elderly Delight man charged in Kirby student’s death

By John Balch
Leader staff
Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir has announced he will file a misdemeanor negligent homicide charge against the elderly Pike County man who ran over and killed a Kirby student after she exited a school bus.
Chesshir said the misdemeanor charge will be filed at the request of the family of Jazmin Hernandez,12, who died from injuries sustained on Oct. 27.
The Kirby seventh-grader was hit by an SUV driven by Dwight L. Moody, 88, of Delight, after she got off the school bus near Salem along Highway 70. She died at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where she was air-lifted following the accident.
Hernandez was aboard an eastbound Kirby School District bus that was stopped and unloading students with all its emergency lights and signals activated at the time of the accident. A 2001 Ford Explorer driven by Moody and also occupied by his wife, Dorothy Moody, 84, failed to yield to the bus and struck Hernandez as she crossed the highway, according to an Arkansas State Police report.
Chesshir said he met with the child’s parents, their attorney and an interpreter for more than two hours on Wednesday, Dec. 17 to discuss the matter. The family was asked to consider either a misdemeanor or felony negligent homicide charge against Moody. Chesshir said after much consideration and discussion that the parents chose the misdemeanor charge and have also requested that Moody serve no jail time.
The Class A misdemeanor negligent homicide charge carries a punishment of up to one year in the county jail and a fine up to $2,500. The Class B felony negligent homicide charge carries a punishment of up to 20 years in jail and a fine up to $15,000.
The charge was expected to be filed Monday or Tuesday this week.

Making (The) History (Channel): Delight native makes appearance on ‘America Unearthed’

SCREEN SHOT. U.S. Cavalry Training School Instructor John Slatton, formerly of Delight, on screen during a recent episode of The History Channel series “America Unearthed.”

By John Balch
Leader staff
Fans of The History Channel television series “America Unearthed” may have recognized a Pike County native on the television screen, despite him being dressed in an authentic U.S. Army Cavalry uniform and sporting a scruffy red beard.
John Slatton, 27, formerly of Delight, appeared in the series’ recent episode “Custer’s Blood Treasure” in his real-life role as an instructor at the U.S. Cavalry Training School in Medicine Tail Ford, Montana, the site of Custer’s “Last Stand” at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Slatton, the son of Kenny and Terrie Slatton of Delight, is a re-enactor instructor at the training school and made an appearance on the show to not only visit with the show’s host and forensic geologist, Scott Wolter, but to actually “enlist” Wolter in the U.S. Cavalry to take part in an intense reenactment of the historic and brutal battle.
The training facility is described by Wolter as a group of reenactment enthusiasts “who give folks a taste of what life, and fighting, was like in the 1870s.”
Wolter used the experience to try to more understand where Lt. Colonel George Custer’s lost “blood treasure” could be today. The treasure – reportedly $25,000 in gold and silver coins – supposedly left behind when Custer and more than 250 Calvary troopers lost their lives in the fight against Native Americans on the Montana prairie. The treasure’s whereabouts remain a mystery today.
During the episode, Slatton offers Wolter extensive historical background about Custer and the actually battle site, something right up Slatton’s alley since he has always been a “history buff,” according to his mom, Terrie, who heads up the Gifted and Talented program with the South Pike County School District.
Slatton’s first appearance in the episode showed him fording a river on horseback to met up with Wolter. His southern accent still intact, Slatton wasted little time with introduction before recruiting and enlisting the host.
The former Delight Bulldog told The Nashville Leader he has always wanted wanted to live the life of a cowboy in Montana and when his fiance, Dr. Tara Marshbanks, got a veterinarian job offer in Miles City, Mont., they “jumped at the opportunity to move here.” The couple is scheduled to wed July 10, 2015 in Lake George, Colo.
Slatton works full-time at a sale barn in Miles City and part-time at the Cavalry facility, which puts on the reenactments during June along with various events throughout the year.
“I got on with that outfit right out of the Army,” he said. “I have always loved history, so getting on with those guys was perfect for me. It took something I have always loved and turned it into a job.”
Slatton met his wife-to-be while stationed with the Army in Colorado Springs. He received a medical discharge in 2013 after being severely injured while serving in Iraq.
In April of 2007, Slatton was on patrol with the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry when his unit came under fire. As his unit returned fire, a sniper’s bullet hit Slatton in the head near his left ear. He had been in Iraq since October 2006 and that was not the first time he had been wounded on the battlefield.
In the fall of 2006, a bomb attack on his base in Baghdad sent a piece of shrapnel flying that struck Slatton in the head. The injury, minor compared to his injury in 2007, required six staples to close the wound.
“I am mostly recovered from my combat injuries,” he said.
The effects of the 2007 injury can still be seen on the left side of Slatton’s face and eye. He endured an initial 14-hour surgery which removed a shattered bone from his jaw and required surgeons to transplant a nerve to replace the one severed by the sniper’s bullet. Many more surgeries followed and Slatton eventually received a Purple Heart for his service.
When Wolter finishes his stint with the Cavalry, he acknowledged the life of a Cavalry trooper could be a dangerous and intense experience, and questioned Slatton about what makes him return to the battlefield.
“The history and the enjoyment of interacting with the Lakota and Crow (tribe members) that come out,” was Slatton’s response as he sat atop his horse.
Mother Terrie knew that already: “We were not surprised at all that this is something he ended up doing.”

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Truth in Emails

You’d line up maybe 8-10 people. Person Number One whispers a short sentence into the ear of Person Number Two, and tells them to pass it along just as they heard it.
It starts out something like: “Bobbie drove his dad’s old pickup truck to Walmart to buy a bottle of bleach.”
Anyway, at the end of the row of participants, the last person would repeat aloud what had been whispered in his or her ear.
It usually came out something like: “Bowling at the old Walmart was a neat package of dust but dad killed Bobby because he spilled it in his Ford.”
Sometimes people did this in a classroom at school (or church) to teach the danger of repeating gossip. Or, believing gossip.
Stories get told wrong, or are heard cockeyed. Then they’re told again with the changes, and are told again. Slightly adjusted each time. Falsehoods come to be believed. Someone’s reputation is ruined. Only bad outcomes are produced by gossip.
Well, the NEW gossip is Twitter, ‘texting’ or forwarded e-mails, Facebook or any of the other ‘social media’ where, unfortunately, many people often take anything posted as the real truth. Even if they have no idea who the real author is.
I am an old geezer who finally stopped resisting social media, and I am dumbfounded at some things people totally believe and forward as the truth. I’m thinking back to election time.
The decline of the public’s faith in mainline news media is accelerating this tumble of our culture. I am still stunned that a once-great newspaper, the “New York Times,” felt it needed to print the address of that white policeman accused in the death of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo.
In My Humble Opinion (IMHO) the only need the “Times” had was its desire to stay ahead of other media and individuals who were broadcasting, printing, texting or twittering stories about the Ferguson tragedy.
I no longer watch network television news except for sports and weather. That’s because the media, especially television, has a vested interest in keeping Ferguson-type events on the front burner. The more controversial, the better they like it. They can sell more ads, see?
I get my national news from reading (I know this sounds crazy) CNN and the BBC. I tend to trust Associated Press and local news items I read in the “Texarkana Gazette,” but I believe that other statewide newspapers might skew stories some. That’s IMHO.
I realize I’m preaching to the saved. I probably don’t have many 14-year-old readers. They are the ones who are in that Gossip Game line.
I SMUGLY COMMENTED to someone that surely this was one of the most rainy of years. Luckily, I did not send it by email or that error might have been forwarded as the truth. Or stated as a fact on Facebook.
The truth is that since 2000, there have been six (6) years wetter than 2014. I realize we’ve got a few days, yet. Nothing has been close to the year 2009 when a tiny bit more than 80 inches of rainfall was measured in the backyard of the radio station here. So far this year, we’re slightly under 56 inches. That’s quite a difference.
Still, after the recent drought years it is nice to see ponds, lakes and creeks full.
HEAVENS ABOVE. The viewing of the Geminids Meteor Shower this past weekend was reportedly impressive elsewhere. But here, our skies were overcast or it was foggy at night and early morning.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading e-mail: Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years. Now, I wonder if this is true.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. Driving down a dark rural road near Columbus, last Friday, when a very large whitish owl flew across the highway in front of me. Since it was flying on an angle mostly toward my buggy I had a good look at its ‘face.’ Its eyes were enormous and black.
And by the way — no offense — anything which is anywhere near Columbus can accurately be called rural.
HE SAID: “As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.” CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE, theologian and author of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Do people still read his great tale any more?
SHE SAID: “Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.” LUCINDA FRANKS, writer


Howard County Museum patrons view restoration project

MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE. Guests look at pictures and mill about the Howard County Museum in Nashville during an open house Sunday afternoon. The event showcased restoration and preservation work performed at the museum in recent months and gave volunteers the opportunity to discuss plans for the facility.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Howard County Historical Society unveiled improvements to the county museum during a Chamber of Commerce coffee and an open house.
During the chamber coffee Dec. 1, guests had the opportunity to tour the facility and see the work which has been done in recent months. HCHS board member Freddie Horne said the museum received sponsorships for windows during the coffee. The museum entered the event with sponsors for two windows and other work. By the time the coffee was over, all of the windows were sponsors.
“We had a successful window campaign,” Horne said. “All windows now have sponsors, with more than $6,000 being raised for the replacement and repair of windows. These funds will be used for a matching National Historic Restoration Grant application.”
Horne said several hundred guests attended the coffee and the open house Dec. 14.
Other work is planned for the museum, which is housed in the former Presbyterian Church in Nashville.
The exterior paint and repair campaign was started with a goal of $7,500, Horne said. The fund received $2,150 in contributions during the two open house events. “These funds will also be used for matching grant applications,” Horne said. “One bid has been received for this part of the restoration. Several others are expected.”
Preservation work on the Bell Tower Foyer has been completed, and some of the museum staging has been put into place.
The Sunday School room is having plaster work done and will be prepped for painting within the next week, according to Horne. After the walls are painted, the woodwork staining in this room will be started and is expected to take about a month.
The pastor’s study and restroom will be the final stage of restoration of all small rooms. The study will be mostly paint work “in that all woodwork in this room has been painted over in decades past,” Horne said. After these rooms are completed, preservation work will begin in the chapel. “It is expected that the chapel will take six to eight months to complete using volunteer workers.”
Plans are being made to add a small curb-side parking lot and new sidewalk in front of the museum.
Horne said the floors are in good condition. “The society decided to leave them as original as possible to preserve the aged patina. Only minor sanding, oil staining and waxing will be done.”
The chapel ceiling and exposed beams “are in really good condition for the age of the building,” Horne said. “Mostly hand cleaning will be done in this part of the project. Some minor stain work will be required on several of the beams where a family of raccoons and a few squirrels have cause damage.”
One major goal is to provide new wiring for the building and have a heat/air unit installed, Horne said. Contributions for heat/AC units as well as volunteer labor for installation will be “gladly accepted.”
Society board members hop the restoration and preservation process can be completed by Christmas 2015, Horne said.


Obituaries (Week of Dec. 15 and Dec. 22, 2014)

Week of Dec. 15, 2014
Dennis E. Burnett
Dennis E. Burnett, 64, Mineral Springs, died Dec. 6, 2014.
He was born Feb. 10, 1950, the son of the late Andrew and Alice Burnett.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, William, Harold, and Frederick Burnett.
Survivors include: a son, Cody Burnett; sister, Kathy Burnett; brothers Alvin Burnett and Larry Burnett; stepchildren, Brittney Walker, Blake Walker, Bridgett Perrin, Sheree Teague, and Deb Erwin; also grandchildren.
Memorial services are pending.
Online messages to arkansasfuneralcare.com.
Vadra Campbell
Vadra “Jot” Campbell, 93, of Delight, died Dec. 13, 2014.
She was born Oct. 19, 1921 to the late James T. Steed and Rosa Lee Watson Steed.
She was a lifelong member of Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Buck Campbell; brothers, Harold Steed, C.V. Steed and Jeff Steed; sisters, Ordris Harris, Lucy Williamson Nolen and twin Fadra “Tot” Watts.
Survivors include: her sons, Larry Campbell and wife, Carol, and Tony Campbell and wife, Christy, all of Delight; a daughter Jottalyn of Webster, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Hill Church in Pisgah, Ark., with Dr. Wayne Sewell officiating. Burial followed in Pisgah Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, Murfreesboro.
Send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Rowena Hargis Morris
Mrs. Rowena Hargis Morris, age 82, a resident of Gillham, Ark., died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 in the Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas.
She was born on April 22, 1932 to Lee and Mecie Overturf Hargis on Hargis Mountain in Howard County, Ark., and was one of 16 children. She attended school at Umpire, Ark.; she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in De Queen. She loved her family, sewing and gardening.
Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Scotty Presson; six brothers, Alvie, Elbert, Edgar, Ervin, Sammie and a twin brother, Richard Hargis; three sisters, Velma Hargis Hart, Maggie Hargis McShan and Ruth Hargis Neal.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd Morris, Sr., of Gillham; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Jim Presson; one son and daughter-in-law, Floyd Jr. and Kim Morris; one sister, Margaret Louise Hargis Bearden; one granddaughter and husband, Jennifer and Joe Collier; one grandson and wife, Clay and Laci Morris; three great-grandsons, Ty and Tate Collier and Zane Morris; one great-granddaughter, Heidi Morris and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Mrs. Morris were held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Bobby Tatum and Tye Barnett officiating. Burial followed in the Overturf Cemetery.
Steven E. Holton
Steven E. Holton, 66, of Dierks, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
He was born Aug. 12, 1948 in Auburn, Wash., the son of the late Homer Earl Holton and Tressa Winona Tyner Holton.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dan Holton.
He was retired from Weyerhaeuser, and was a former member and chief of the Green’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include: his wife, Regina Holton of Dierks; four children, Dawn Smith and husband, Jimmy, of Texarkana, Texas, Susan Holton of Hot Springs, Derek Holton and Stefanie Holton, both of Dierks; his sister, Sherrie Stinson, of Lake Tapps, Wash., and his brother, Dale Silvey of Mojave Valley, Ariz.; also grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery near Dierks with Billy Golden and Pete Pedron officiating.
Visitation was Friday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
(LEADER NOTE: This obituary was published earlier with an incomplete list of survivors. The newspaper regrets the omission.)
Shirley Ruth McDonald Allen
Shirley Ruth McDonald Allen, 68, of Dierks, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at her home.
She was born Aug. 15, 1946 in Cerro Gordo, Ark., the daughter of the late Bill and Eunice Crowell McDonald. She was a teller at Diamond Bank in Dierks and a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Dierks.
She was preceded in death by husband, Wallace Troy Allen; and a sister, Georgia Frady.
Survivors include: three sons, John Tosh and wife, Stacia, of New Boston, Texas, Clay Allen of Dierks, and Ben Allen and wife, Brittney, also of Dierks; two daughters, Tracy Thomas and husband, Jon, of Nashville, and Michelle Ellis of Jackson, Tenn.; two brothers, Frank McDonald of Foreman and Jim McDonald of De Queen; two sisters, Nina Hinton of Texarkana, Texas, and Jean Higgins of De Queen; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, at the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Dierks with Rev. Richard Leach and Rev. J.W. Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow at the Sunshine Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the funeral home in Dierks.
Online at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
Week of Dec. 22, 2014
Rocky L. Norman
Rocky L. Norman, 66, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born July 25, 1948 in Sidon, Ark., to Mary Lawrence Norman and the late Alton Norman.
He was retired from Tyson Foods.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Norman, and a sister, Patsy Norman.
Survivors include: his wife, Martha Norman of Nashville; his mother, Mary Norman of Washington State; two sons; Ken Norman and wife, Chantel, of De Queen, and Tim Norman and wife, Krissie, of Wickes; three brothers, Larry Norman of Washington State, Stan Norman and Steve Norman, both of California; two sisters, Winona Cone of California and Echo Penley of Washington State; also grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home. Burial followed in Baker Cemetery near Wickes. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday night from 6-8. Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Max Alan Adcock
Max Alan Adcock, Sr., age 61 of Nashville, Ark., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in Little Rock, Ark.
He was born Aug. 24, 1953 in Bryan, Texas, to the late Quentin and Doris Robertson Adcock.
He was a retired coach and school administrator. Max was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church. He was Horatio’s Salutatorian in the class of 1971. After high school Max received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a Major in Physical Education; then he received his Masters of Education with a Major in Education and Administration, finally receiving his Administrator’s Certificate. Also while in college he received Honorable Mention, All-AIC defensive tackle in 1972 and 1973. All- AIC Defensive Tackle in 1974, Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1975, Who’s Who in American College and University in 1975, District 1-AAA football runner up in 1984 and 1987, District-AAA football champions 1982 and 1985, and finally Hempstead County Educator of The Year in 2011. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA.
He is survived by his wife, Cindi Diane Bishop Adcock of Nashville; his former wife,  Brenda Adcock of Mena; four sons, Max Alan Adcock, Jr., and wife, Shanna, of Mena, Kirby Bishop Adcock of Nashville, Kelsey Johnson and wife, Kristen, of Nashville, Kolten Johnson of Nashville; a daughter,  Tamara Jayne Smart and husband, Aaron, of Mena; two brothers, Warren Adcock and wife, Jo, of Farmington, Ark., and Pat Adcock and wife, Beth, of Hot Springs; a sister, Beth Piearcy and husband, Philip, of Mena; five grandchildren, Aubri Johnson of Brock, Texas, Carleigh Smart of Mena, Lainey Smart of Mena, Macaden Johnson of Lockesburg, and Shooter Johnson of Ashdown.
A large host of other family, friends and former football players and coaches.
Graveside services were Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Clear Creek Cemetery near Horatio with Bro. Billy Dawson officiating. The family received friends on Sunday afternoon at the Horatio Football field from 4-5:30 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to http://www.nashvillefh.com/.

UA Cossatot touts welding, cosmetology programs during ‘College Work$’ tours

LEARNING PROCESS. Katie Paul of Nashville and Curtis Nutt of Dierks practice pipe welding last week on the Nashville campus of Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas.

AT A DISCOUNT. Lamar Windham of Nashville gets his haircut from cosmetology student Kacy McGough of Horatio.

By John Balch
Leader staff
UA Cossatot’s welding and cosmetology departments were showcased last week in Nashville as part the college’s “Community College Work$” tours, which were also held on the Ashdown and De Queen campuses.
The tours were part of a statewide initiative from the Arkansas Community Colleges Association and were designed to increase awareness about just how important community colleges are to the state and local economies, according to Alisha Lewis, UA Cossatot’s marketing director.
In Ashdown, the new industrial maintenance program was featured while in De Queen the highlights were tours of the new simulation laboratory for medical education students and the new automotive and radio broadcast building.
“All of these areas represent a technical certificate where jobs are in a high demand and qualified graduates can easily find a job,” Lewis said.
On Thursday afternoon in a classroom on the backside of the Nashville campus, a dozen high school students were tightly gathered around a computer screen watching the work of another student behind the mask of the Vrtex 360 – a $50,000 virtual reality welding tool. The machine is state-of-the-art and is a vital tool in training the welding students, said instructor Marvin Terrell, who is in eighth year at the college.
The Vrtex 360 offers four virtual welding work scenarios including one that places the students high above on a skyscraper. What the welder sees through the helmet can be seen on the computer screen by the other students and their instructors.
“This machine can score and critique the work, but it doesn’t produce the heat or noxious gases or waste the material you would have with practicing real welding,” Terrell said.
Students can store their work on thumb drives and the machine will keep a running total of their progress and how much material and gas they would have used on a real job. It is capable of teaching stick, MIG or TIG welding processes and also has a pipe-welding simulator.
The device is also designed to help develop and improve muscle memory for correct positioning and is “great for trouble-shooting.”
“It’s a good tool for teaching and learning,” said Terrell, who added that when he started out in the 1970s all the equipment in his class were a welding machine and cutting torch.
“We’ve definitely come a long way,” he said.
The pay has also obviously increased for welders. Terrell and fellow instructor Wayne Kendrick said one of their former students recently passed a pipe welding union test in Oklahoma (“Like the Olympics of welding,” according to Terrell) and now makes $100 an hour working out of Pennsylvania.
Much of the work for the college’s 60-plus welding students is hands-on. Steve McJunkins, division chairman for skilled and technical sciences, said the students often take on community projects for practice. One of the projects being worked on during last week’s public tours included an entrance arch for a local cemetery, which was paid for by a donation from the cemetery association.
“We don’t take on projects that will take away from any local businesses,” McJunkins added.
Across the parking lot, Kendrick, who is a veteran welder, monitors the pipe-welder students, four of which were being groomed for an upcoming competition. He said the idea is to create a realistic working environment for the program. The students sometimes have to work outside in all kinds of weather and a multitude of safety measures are strictly followed.
“They’ve got to get used to what it’s really going to be like out there,” he said.
A few classrooms down, the same real-life scenarios are also applied to the college’s cosmetology students, under instructors Summer Markham and Sandra Griffin. The cosmetology program has been offering hands-on instruction since 2007.
“The program instructs students in sanitation, sterilization, hygiene, lighting and ventilation, scalp massage, cleaning, shampooing, cutting, clipping, coloring, tinting, bleaching, perming, brushing, curling, reconditioning, thermal pressing and chemical relaxing of the hair,” according to Markham.
Students are also schooled in fingernail and toenail care, and hand, arm and facial massages as well as the art of applying makeup. The students also develop a professional attitude needed to deal with the public.
All the program’s aspects are tried and proven at a full-service salon that is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and 9:30 to 3:00 Wednesday through Friday.
During the public tour, Hannah Lindsey was having her hair highlighted by student Kayla Martin while a few chairs over Lamar Windham was wrapping up a haircut from student Kacy McGough. “I come here all the time,” Windham said.
The salon has a full menu of services which are offered at discounted rates. Windham’s haircut cost him only $6. A shampoo, cut and style is only $12.
The cosmetology students also practice their trades at various competitions, including a recent one in Texarkana called “Shear Madness.” It was the second year for the local students to compete in the contest.
Markham said the competition includes students from several surrounding schools and involves an avant garde model and manikin contest.
“The students are free to do whatever they please to show their best work and skills,” she said. Last year, the students brought home a second-place win and this year three teams competed in the model contest and four teams worked with the manikins.
“We placed second and third in the model competition among 24 teams and second in the manikin competition among 20 teams,” Markham said.
UA-Cossatot, which used to be known by the college’s proper name, Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, started in 1975 as the Cossatot Vocational-Technical School and had 75 students. Today, Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole said the college is home to more than 1,500 students.
“Our college has a storied history of offering what the student wants,” Cole states in an online greeting. “Whether it is a fully-transferable associate of arts degree or a technical certificate in welding, our college has all of the offerings to put the student on a path to a career. Students will find that, once they are enrolled at CCCUA, they are part of the Cossatot family. A family of faculty, advisors, business office personnel, and more, with one goal in mind: to help the student succeed.”

Pike County’s libraries pull together for sweater drive

CAST OF CHARACTERS. On hand Saturday in Delight for the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive Celebration” were (seated) Queen Sara (Jeannie Hendrix) and Katie Culpepper of AETN; (back from left) Mr. McFeely (Christopher Melichar), Joan Kenady of the Hot Springs Salvation Army Corps, Lady Elaine Fairchilde (Delight Librarian Ginny Evans), Glenwood Librarian Majorie Melichar, King Friday (David Brian Hendrix) and Katherine Cat (Kimberly Melichar).

Pike County’s libraries worked together throughout the month of November to collect 965 sweaters for the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive.”
The Delight branch of the Pike County Library and the city of Delight hosted the event’s conclusion celebration Saturday which included special guests from the Salvation Army, Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and the state library system. Delight officials were also on hand and several locals portrayed the beloved Mister Rogers Neighborhood characters.
AETN, the Salvation Army and 15 libraries across the state partnered for the sweater drive, an idea based on Fred Rogers and his iconic cardigan sweaters.
“‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ has long been a place where caring and consideration for others instills good feelings in all of us,” AETN Executive Director Allen Weatherly said. “These messages and the values that children learn from the program and from PBS icon Fred Rogers are timeless.”
Weatherly added, “Fred Rogers’ cardigan has come to represent the gentle spirit, warmth and nurturing of the neighborhood. As Mister Rogers himself once said ‘All of us, at some time or other, need help, and whether we’re giving or receiving a sweater, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.’ This project connects Arkansans as neighbors.”
More than 50 people showed up for the celebration held in the gymnasium on the Delight campus of the South Pike County School District.
“We were happy to do it and were thrilled with the results and knowing people will benefit from this effort,” said Delight Librarian Ginny Evans about Delight’s hosting of the celebration. “These sweaters will be distributed by the Salvation Army to the homeless and less fortunate through schools and churches.”
Evans added, “There was a lot of hard work put into this and I think it paid off.”
Local band Third Channel, which includes members David Lamb and Evans’ two grandsons, Adam and Alan Hamrick, provided the day’s entertainment. There were also numerous door prizes handed out and three Delight churches were recognized for their contributions to the efforts. The churches included the First United Methodist Church, Church of Christ and Crossroads Assembly of God.
The cast of “neighborhood” characters included Joyce Vitzthum singing the show’s theme song, Roger Genung as Mr. Rogers, David Brian and Jeannie Hendrix as King Friday and Queen Sara, Kimberly Malichar as Katherine Cat, Christopher Malichar as Mr. McFeely and Evans as Lady Elaine.
Guests included Delight Mayor Paul Lane, AETN representative and Community Engagement Specialist Katie Culpepper with Outreach Producer Dan Kroops, Joan and Pat Kenady of the Hot Springs Salvation Army Corps and Ruth Hyatt, Arkansas State Library representative.


Local students among first in state, nation for PARCC test

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Students at Nashville High School and Nashville Junior High were among the first in the United States to take the new PARCC tests, which replace Arkansas’s End-of-Course and Benchmark tests and similar exams in other states.
Nashville students in algebra, geometry and ninth and tenth grade English took the new test, which was designed by PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). Arkansas is among 12 states which participate in PARCC, a consortium which develops testing based on Common Core standards. Most states have adopted the Common Core standards.
Schools on the four-by-four block schedule were selected for the December tests, according to Superintendent Doug Graham. Nashville is among 19 districts statewide which participated.
Testing went “as well as it could have,” Graham said. “There will be a learning curve for everybody. I haven’t heard any complaints.”
Parts of the tests were given last week, with the remainder set for next week before Christmas break begins.
“The first week went really well,” according to Assistant Superintendent Joe Kell, who oversees the district’s testing program. “Most things are very similar on my end, like getting things to the schools.”
The fall block testing was done with traditional paper and pencil testing materials. In the spring, Arkansas students will take the exams online in most districts, including Nashville.
For 2015-16, all testing is expected to be done online in the fall and spring semesters, Kell said.
PARCC administered End-of-Course tests in algebra and geometry at junior high and high school, Kell said. The test also included ninth grade English at junior high and sophomore English at high school.
After Christmas, the biology test will be given at high school.
PARCC tests are different from the old Arkansas exams, Kell said. “It’s a different testing company. The forms are a little different. People at the schools said it’s gone smoothly. I’m very pleased so far.”
The tests are given in two parts, according to Kell. Last week’s exams were performance-based assessments, with the next section to be an end-of-year assessment for the block classes.
“The PBA is typically a set of multi-step problems, what we used to call word problems,” Kell said. “Students have to go through the steps for the end result.”
Next week’s end-of-year test will be “more common knowledge, with multiple choice questions.”
In Nashville, about 160 students have been tested at high school and about 110 at junior high, Kell said. About 30,000 students nationwide were involved in the first trial of the new tests.
Some of the students had two tests this semester because of their schedules, and some of those tested this semester in one class will be tested in the spring in another class.
In the spring, more than 5 million students nationwide will participate in PARCC tests for grades 3-11.
Results from the PARCC tests and the old state tests can’t be compared, Kell said. “We’re starting from ground zero. It’s a different test and different format. It would be like comparing apples and oranges. These tests are different from EOC and the Benchmarks,” Kell said.
Kell doesn’t know when the December scores will arrive. When they come in, the results will be “a benchmark. We’ll try to improve.”
Districts which participated in the December testing include Nashville, Bentonville, Monticello, Benton, Riverview, Mountain Home, Glen Rose, Siloam Springs, Farmington, Gentry, Russellville, Haas Hall Academy, Lakeside, Vilonia, Drew Central, Valley Springs, SIATech Charter, Dardanelle and Rogers.


Obituaries (Week of Dec. 8, 2014)

Dale Fincher
Dale Fincher, 85, of Saratoga, Ark., died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.
He was born on Feb. 10, 1929 in Saratoga. He was a WWII veteran; retired from the Ideal Cement Company; and was a member of the Saratoga Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Fern Fincher.
Survivors include: a son,  Jimmy Dale Fincher and wife, Peggy,r of Mineral Springs; a daughter, Tammie Pearson and husband, Virgil, of Wake Village, Texas; also  grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were  Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville. Burial followed in Saratoga Cemetery in Saratoga under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Stephen ‘Steve’
Maurice Baber
Stephen “Steve” Maurice Baber, age 52, of Umpire, Ark., passed away December 01, 2014 in Umpire.
He was born Aug. 17, 1962 in Mena, Ark., to the late Morgan Maurice Baber and the late Evelyn Vaught Baber.
He was a Lineman for Rich Mountain Electric (REA) and was hard worker and had a strong work ethic. Steve loved working for REA and the people he worked with every day.  He was loved and well respected by the community.  Steve was a loving and kind father, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by: Children, Joshua Baber of Umpire, Ark., Amber Hodges and husband, Will, of Stillwater, Okla., and Darren Baber of Umpire; Grandchild: Rowen Hodges.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan and Evelyn Baber.
Graveside services were Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Center Cemetery in Hartley, Ark., with Brother John Henry Williams officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Family and friends visitation was Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Jamie Sue Jackson Ayers
Jamie Sue Jackson Ayers, age 35 of McCaskill, Ark., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.
She was born Aug. 30, 1979 in Nashville to Jimmy Jackson and Pamie Sue Salisbury Bevill. Jamie was a loving mother and a homemaker. She was of the Baptist Faith. Her family, especially her girls was her life. She was involved in many activities with her girls, watching them take dance lessons, cheering them on in softball, being the best cheerleading mom and encouraging them in any activity they were involved in. She loved talking on the phone, usually keeping up with her classmates, she was a proud member of the Scrapper class of 1997, she always cheered the Scrappers and loved the Arkansas Razorbacks .She was very active in MADD, and loved her dogs, Zoey and Nala. She was a Respiratory Therapist and loved when she worked at Children’s Hospital. Children was the highest priority in her life other than her family. Most of all she was a devoted Christian, and taught those values to her family.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Jackson; her paternal grandparents, Coy Eli “Tootsie” and Evelyn Jackson; her maternal grandparents, Aubrey Lee and Lucille Salisbury Bevill; and a special uncle, Mike Salisbury.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her mother, Pamie Sue Bevill and husband, Ronnie, of Nashville; her husband, Mark Ayers, of McCaskill; a son, Matthew Ayers, of Queen City, Texas; three daughters, Emily and Hope McCauley of Nashville, Macie Ayers of Queen City, Texas; a brother, Michael Bevill of Nashville; a sister, Pam Jackson Jones and husband, Clay, of Hot Springs; many Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends too numerous to name.
Services was Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Nashville with Bro. Keith Mays officiating. Interment followed in Bluff Springs Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday night from 6 to 8. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Little Rock AR 72202; or to the charity of your choice.
Helen Sue Cassady Rodgers
Helen Sue Cassady Rodgers, 87, departed this life Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 2014 in Nashville, Ark.
She was born Dec. 28, 1926 to Calvin Jewell and Ruby Odessa Walker Cassady.
Mrs. Rodgers was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, Nashville, Ark., and was cherished by all who knew her. Her love for her children, grandchildren and all of her family members was second only to her love of the Lord. She was quick to point out the good in everyone she knew and her children and grandchildren often sought her practical and positive advice. Her greatest joy was her family and any family gathering was always a special event to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her step-mother , Chloe Jones Cassady; her husband of 56 years, Robert Lyndall Rodgers; two brothers, Gene Cassady and Charlie Robert “Pap” Cassady; three sisters, Edith Bennett, Revel Corbell and Betty Ruth Bowles.
Her survivors are one son, Robert Jerry Rodgers (Linda) and one daughter, Lynda Sue Rodgers Woods (Donny), both of Nashville; two brothers, David Cassady (Sue) and Loy “Butch” Cassady (Judy) of Nashville; four sisters, Lola Jewel Dean, Winston, Ore., Mildred Locke, Bell Garden, Calif., Neta Pearl Chapman (Bob), Farmersville, La. and Janis (Ron) Kist, Darnelle, Ark.. She also leaves behind five grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren and many, many other family members and friends.
Family and friends gathered for visitation at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.
Services were on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Paul Bullock and Bro. Glen Green conducting her service. Burial followed in the Ozan at Bingen Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home Nashville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 212, Nashville, AR 71852.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com
Neoma Jo Hill Ferguson
Mrs. Neoma Jo Hill Ferguson, age 96, from Nashville, Ark., was born on March 16, 1918 in Mineral Springs to Thomas Ryle Roberts Hill and Lula Caroline Hill. She went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 after a brief illness in the Howard Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Ferguson was a homemaker and employee of the Howard Memorial Hospital 37 years ago. She loved cooking, sewing, gardening, mowing her yard, canning, reading, and had a life-long thirst for knowledge. She was well known for her gestures of appreciation. She loved to fellowship with others as a member of County Line Baptist Church, Howard County Extension Homemakers, and the THEOS support group.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Edward; a son, Douglas Earl Ferguson; a son-in-law, John Paul Jones; four brothers, Jeff Davis Hill, William Henry Hill, Thomas Hayes Hill, James Fred Hill; four sisters, Mary Nancy Hill, Mattie Mae Hill Hockaday, Lillie Cleo Hill Reed, and Annie Laurie Hill.
Mrs. Ferguson is survived by one sister, Arry Frances Hill Turner, age 98; one son, Phillip Noel Ferguson; two daughter-in-laws, Linda Ferguson, Ann Elizabeth Ferguson; two daughters, Brenda Gale Ferguson Jones, Donna Kay Ferguson Hudgens; one son-in-law, Bobby Hudgens; thirteen grandchildren, Kimberly Jane Hartman, Elizabeth Noelle Ferguson, Phillip Noel Ferguson II, Periwinkle Dove Schuster, Brian Leon Strother, Stephanie Diane Ardoin, John Bartley Hudgens, Emily Joanne Duncan, Rebekah Louise Brown, Michele Ferguson, Natalie Diane Ferguson; Fourteen great-grandchildren, numerous nieces/nephews, and precious friends.
The funeral service will be held at 2 :00 p.m. on Friday, December 12th at Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Jones officiating. Burial will follow at the County Line Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to http://www.nashvillefh.com/.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Hate for ‘Horns

WELL, IT DIDN’T take very long to spoil my jolly mood after Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma in overtime.
I groaned as soon as it was announced that Arkansas would play Texas in the Texas Bowl, whatever/wherever that is. I groaned because I am a loyal fair weather fan, and I dread playing the Longhorns because I know what will happen. Seen it too many times.
Somehow, someway Arkansas always manages to fold when the other team is wearing burnt orange. I admit I suffer from a serious inferiority complex when dealing with anything Texas.
My good mood was already precarious because of the Razorbacks’ recent basketball collapse (one loss was to a team which had been beaten this year by Winthrop — WINTHROP!) but I reminded myself that it was only basketball.
Being a loyal fair weather fan I can tell you all about the UA’s coming roundball season: We’ll lose a lot of games that we should’ve won; we’ll lose all of the road games; and we won’t make the NCAA Tournament once again. And even if we do get in the ‘big dance,’ a team like Winthrop will eliminate us by 40 points.
I wish the Hogs would play someone else in the bowl game. West Virginia. North Carolina State. Old Dominion. Winthrop. Anybody but the ‘Horns.
If we were playing West Virginia or whomever, I could sit down and enjoy the game no matter the outcome. I could even tolerate losing, which is what would probably happen, I’m fairly positive.
I am a loyal fair weather fan, I told you.
But since we’re playing Texas, every play is important. Every penalty is crucial. Every dropped pass is Ebola or worse. When Texas is driving to go ahead late in the game I’ll have to go out on the patio and watch the leaves fall into the pool. I get too nervous when the game is as important as it will be when we play Texas.
And why should I be so nervous? I already know what is going to happen.
AT THE LAST SCRAPPER game of the year I was seated behind an employee of the Arkansas Highway Department.
I remembered a question that had been perched between my ears for several months, and I naturally interrupted his concentration on the game to ask.
How come some creek name signs are posted on the left side of the bridge and not on the right where the lane of traffic is?
Huh? he answered.
He thought about it for awhile and then turned around to give me his answer: Nope,  he said, the signs are on the RIGHT HAND side of the bridge.
I couldn’t help notice where the green signs were posted during my drive up to Newhope and back on the following Tuesday night.
Muddy Fork. Sign on the left.
W.B. Fallen Creek. Sign on the left.
Fallen Creek. Sign on the left.
I turned around in the Post Office parking lot and headed back toward Nashville.
Fallen Creek. Sign on the left.
W.B. Fallen Creek. Sign on the left.
Muddy Fork. Sign on the left.
The signs on the RIGHT side must be over other bodies of water. Or either perched between my AHD friend’s ears and lodged in his imagination.
Maybe somebody out there knows why the signs are placed as they are. And maybe that same person can tell me if anyone has seen The Gurdon Light lately.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading e-mail: If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. This is the time of year when we frequently see rivers of blackbirds bobbing and weaving over the treetops. On my walk Saturday morning, a looooong black wave flew over my heard and settled in some neighborhood trees. They surrounded one lonesome crow which was already sitting in the tree. A funny thing about those blackbirds. When they fly overhead they’re silent. As soon as they land they put up a din of chirping and squawking.
When the crow had enough of the massed blackbird and their noise it flew away, and the huge flock of blackbirds immediately also rose from the cluster of trees. They did not follow the crow.
FOR THE FIFTH YEAR in a row, Sophia is the most popular name for newborn girls. For the second year in a row, Jackson is the most popular name for newborn boys. (Source: LikeScience)
HE SAID: “There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.” Robert Staughton Lynd, sociologist
SHE SAID: “Giving is a really big thing around Christmas, as well it should be. Christmas is about giving, and it all stems from the greatest gift the world has ever received — the gift of Jesus Christ.” Monica Johnson, screenwriter


Young scientist with Nashville ties tells students of his work

FAMILY GATHERING. Members of Taylor Wilson’s family attended his presentation Nov. 19 at Nashville High School. The group includes Joey Wilson, Tiffany Wilson, Kenneth Wilson, Cameron Reese, Grace Reese, Cayse Reese, Taylor Wilson, Elizabeth Overton and Superintendent Doug Graham.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
From nuclear research to “The Big Bang Theory,” just about any topic related to science turned out to be fair game Nov. 19 for an unusual assembly at Nashville High School.
Taylor Wilson, 20, who has garnered national and international recognition for his nuclear work, spoke to students ranging in age from elementary school through high school seniors in a one-hour session at Scrapper Arena.
Although Wilson never attended school in Nashville, the presentation was almost a homecoming in some respects. Nashville connections could be found throughout the arena.
Wilson’s father, Kenneth Wilson, is a graduate of Nashville High School, where he played football for the Scrappers. His grandparents, the late Ramon and Nelda Wilson, were active in numerous community, school and church activities. Kenneth Wilson is president of the Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of Nashville, which the Wilson family has operated for more than 100 years.
The Wilsons donate to the NHS Scholarship Fund each year, Superintendent Doug Graham said during his introduction of Taylor. When the arena was constructed, the Wilsons provided the scoreboard for the facility. They helped with the renovation of Scrapper Stadium in 2009.
With that backdrop, Graham introduced Taylor Wilson as “the youngest American nuclear scientist to fuse the atom. He did this in his garage.”
Wilson described the project later in his presentation.
Graham reeled off a lengthy list of Wilson’s accomplishments. He attended Davidson Academy of Nevada and the University of Nevado at Reno.
He was invited to the White House and honored by President Barack Obama.
NBC anchor Brian Williams recognized Wilson as “the boy wonder.”
Wilson was selected for a Peter Thiel Fellowship, named for the Founder of PayPal. The fellowship “pays students not to go to college and to work on specific projects,” Graham said.
Wilson was a speaker at the National Energy Summit, where he addressed matters related to national defense.
He has been featured on CNN and in magazines such as Popular Science, Mental Floss, Rotarian and Atlantic Monthly.
Wilson told the audience about accomplishing nuclear fusion in his garage before he was 14. He said the Internet and its vast collection of information played a key role in his work.
Curiosity has driven Wilson in much of his work. He told the students that curiosity could lead them to find out why classmates were all sick on the same day, just as it led to his nuclear research.
Wilson’s opening remarks took about 10 minutes, and the remainder of the time was devoted to questions from the audience. He urged the students to delve into the liberal arts in addition to scientific studies.
Noting that scientists sometimes have trouble communicating their work to others, Wilson said students should work on their writing skills and speaking skills in order to make presentations over what they are doing.
Wilson’s responses to students’ questions were based on the student’ ages, and he found ways to connect with the entire audience. At the end of the program, he fielded what could have been viewed as a frivolous question about being compared to a TV character. He used the question as an opportunity to tell about his visit to the set of “The Big Bang Theory,” where he found that a Geiger counter on one of the shelves actually contained a small amount of radioactive material, which he safely removed.
Afterward, Wilson stayed around to visit students and answer more questions.

Delight elementary teachers achieve major goal together

Kayla Kuykendall & Racheal Kidd

By John Balch
Leader staff
Kayla Kuykendall and Racheal Kidd went to grade school and graduated college together. They now teach next door to each other at Delight Elementary School. It is only fitting the two educators have now reached a top honor together in becoming National Board Certified Teachers.
Kuykendall, who teaches first grade, and Kidd, who teaches kindergarten, both received the national certification for Early Childhood Generalist, a goal the two teachers said they had been after a long time and worked toward for 400 to 600 hours from November 2013 to May 2014.
“It was the hardest thing I have done for my career,” Kidd said, who learned of the certification in college and set her mind to becoming “the best teacher I could be.”
“It was also important for me to achieve this goal so I could tell my daughter to always follow her dreams no matter how hard or scary they may be.”
Kidd’s colleague echoed her statement and added, “I wanted to be a better, more challenging teacher to all students who enter my classroom so I went for it and I made it! It was the most rigorous and time consuming thing I’ve ever done as far as professional growth, but I am very happy I did it!.”
The two teachers joins the ranks of four other SPCSD educators who have received National Board Certification. Other certified teachers include Misty Kizzia, Laura Hughes, Carie Maroon and Melissa Jones.
“I think it is great Kayla and Racheal have gone through the process to become National Board Certified,” said SPCSD Superintendent Roger Featherston. “It is quite an accomplishment that involves a great deal of extra training and work. It is definitely an honor for these individuals and our school district.”
National Board Certification, which has to be renewed every 10 years, is the highest credential in the teaching profession and is a voluntary assessment program designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers, and to embed ongoing improvements in schools nationwide, according to the Arkansas Department of Education’s website.
“While state teacher credentialing programs set the basic requirements to teach in each state, National Board Certified Teachers must demonstrate advanced teaching knowledge, skills and practices. Completion of National Board Certification signifies that teachers have developed and demonstrated the skills required of an accomplished education professional.”
The two teachers went to school together from kindergarten through 12th grade and then both attended Henderson State University. Kuykendall went on to earn her master’s degree in education from Southern Arkansas University while Kidd stayed at HSU to earn her master’s degree for education in English as a second language.
Kuykendall and Kidd are both in their seventh year with the South Pike County district.
“We both developed a deeper understanding of children and how they learn and our teaching practices,” Kuykendall said. “We both love teaching and working with kids. Seeing them grow over the year is very rewarding. Teaching next door to each other is a bonus.”
South Pike County School District’s NBCTs also earn an annual $1,000 bonus.
To achieve certification, the teachers had to complete four portfolio entries with two video lessons: literacy, math/science/technology, social studies/social skill/art, and professional accomplishments. They also took six computer-based assessments focusing on all subjects including child’s play and health and physical education.
“I want to welcome you to the growing ranks of National Board Certified Teachers who are transforming the profession,” Ronald Thorpe, Jr., president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, wrote in letters to Kuykendall and Kidd.
“In this regard, you are a pioneer, as NBCTs still represent only a small fraction of our teaching workforce.”

Scrappers fall to Sand Lizards in Class 4A quarterfinals

AFTER THE GAME. Coach Billy Dawson talks to the Scrappers following the 35-19 loss to Dardenelle in the state playoffs.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The season ended for the Nashville Scrappers Friday night as they lost to Dardanelle 35-19 in the state Class 4A quarterfinals at Scrapper Stadium.
Dardanelle entered the game as the top-ranked team in Class 4A, and the Scrappers were second, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Scrappers (10-2) ended the season ranked fifth.
The game appeared to begin well for the Scrappers, when Justin Summers recovered an onside kick and the Sand Lizard 39-yardline. The Scrappers moved toward the goalline, but a deflected pass resulted in an interception by Dardanelle.
Nashville’s defense stopped the Sand Lizards to force a punt. From there, the Scrappers scored on a 7-yard pass from Leonard Snell to Brady Bowden with 4:58 left in the first quarter.
After that early TD, however, Dardanelle would put up 28 points before the Scrappers would score again.
The Sand Lizards scored twice in the second quarter, once in the third and once in the fourth before the Scrappers put up their last two touchdowns.
De’ajeon Armstrong scored early in the fourth quarter on a 54-yard pass from Snell. Nashville’s final TD of the game came on a 30-yard pass from Snell to Trey Hughes with 2:07 left on the clock.
The Sand Lizards put up their final TD late in the game.
“They played well,” Coach Billy Dawson said of the Sand Lizards. “They were exactly what we thought they were. We knew we had to tackle their quarterback. We knew we had to hold onto the ball and score. We had opportunities early and didn’t take advantage of them.”
Dawson cited penalties and the deflected pass in the endzone as key factors in the game. “We had some chances and some plays we didn’t make.”
Dardanelle quarterback Kristian Thompson ran the ball for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also passed for another TD. “It was hard to tackle Thompson,” Dawson said.
Dardanelle “made a few plays. We didn’t make the plays. That’s the difference.”
Snell led the Scrapper offense with 122 yards rushing and 281 passing. He completed 24 of 49 passes for 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Two came on deflected passes.
Hughes had 9 catches for 98 yards and a TD. Bowden made 6 catches for 60 yards and a TD. Armastrong had 2 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.
La’Michael Pettway had six catches for 50 yards.
Dardanelle will host Warren in a semifinal game Friday night. The other semifinal will find Malvern at Mena.
With the season completed, Dawson said the Scrappers will take this week to “clean up and get everything stored. We’ll start testing when we get back. It’s time to start over.”
Dawson said the coaching staff will “evaluate some things. We’ll do a self-evaluation and see where we are.”
The Scrappers won the District 7-4A championship and were the district’s top seed in the state playoffs.
The team was led by “a good senior class. I enjoyed this bunch as much as any I’ve had. I hate to see it end,” Dawson said.

Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: A Serving of Crow & The Gurdon Light

Serving of Crow, Please
I’LL HAVE A large helping of crow, please.
Well, my anti-Hog rant last week has presented me with an opportunity to dine on the traditional dish of roasted crow, just before Thanksgiving.
Both of my regular readers will recall the golden words about my disgust for the Hogs and being a loyal fair-weather football fan.
A week or so earlier, part way through the Georgia game, when my disgust level was at a two-year high, I went out into my front yard and ripped up the flagpole and the swell Razorback flapping flag. Then I took down the banner which was hung over my front door. I threw the flag and flagpole into a dark corner of the storage room, and I wadded up the front door banner and put it with the dust bunnies under a chest. I said that I’d put them back up IF Arkansas somehow managed to beat Ole Miss last Saturday.
Make that an extra large helping, please.
Sunday afternoon I hung the front door banner again. Then I went out into the middle of the front yard and pounded a length of steel rebar which I had used to support the flagpole. Took some old garbage bag ties and snugged the flagpole to the rebar.
I heard an unmistakeable Hog call. It was a neighbor who had watched me get down on my knees to affix the garbage bag ties to the flagpole.
Unfortunately he then went inside and therefore was unable to observe me trying to get back on my feet. Being old, stiff and rotund, I finally had to lay flat on the muddy yard and roll to the front steps where I managed to grab aholt of a shrub and pull myself up to a standing position. I was quite muddy and was gasping from the effort. I looked for my neighbor and thank goodness he apparently didn’t observe this performance.
30-0. It was worth it.
Sunday night the wind blew the flagpole over. I’m not getting down on my knees in the mud again, so I’ll have to come up with some other way to hoist the Hog banner.
But my congratulations to the coaches and players for getting that SEC loss monkey off my back.
In the newspaper’s football picking feature, however, I have picked Missouri simply because after that Georgia loss I vowed never to pick the Porkers again.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading e-mail:
Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times.
MY BUCKET LIST. I have removed overseas sites from the list of places that I want to see before I die. Among them — the Pyramids in Egypt; the Sistine Chapel in Rome; the Taj Mahal in India; and Stonehenge in England. I just will not fly anymore because it is too much trouble here in the USA, and it is too dangerous elsewhere.
I regret that I won’t see those places.
So, I must content myself with seeing places in the USA where I can drive. In 2015 I hope to see some of the National Parks out in Utah. Either that, or some showgirls in Vegas.
There was an article about one of my abandoned Bucket List sites in the Texarkana newspaper, Sunday. I had no idea that more than 6 million visitors each year walk through the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo’s famous ceiling and the other precious art.
So many visitors breathing in oxygen and exhaling carbon dioxide changes the atmosphere inside of the old building. The chemical change in the air has resulted in a ‘whitening’ of the frescoes. Vatican officials apparently had kept news of the damage to the ceiling secret until a solution was found and applied. The Vatican has also installed new air condition and filtration systems, along with some sensors to detect when dangerous high levels of pollution and moisture occur. Such is the responsibility for possession of these universal treasures. If you visit the Sistine Chapel, you might be asked to share in the responsibility for maintaining the treasures. American Express and VISA accepted.
The officials have also announced that in an effort to cut down on the painting pollution they will not let more than 6 million visitors a year trapse through the chapel.
My late uncle Jack Graves used to encourage me to go see the chapel while I was young enough for the journey. He had seen it a number of times. I always pleaded poverty and a shortage of time.
If he was still here I could use the cutback in number of visitors as a reason for not going.
HE SAID: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” Lao Tzu, Chinese poet and philosopher
SHE SAID: “My cooking is so bad my kids thought Thanksgiving was to commemorate Pearl Harbor.” Phyllis Diller, commedian
The Gurdon Light
THANKS TO the Scrapper players, fans, coaches, cheerleaders, the marching band and school administration for another swell football season. The whole state knows Nashville for its football excellence, community support and good sportsmanship.
Our team played hard, but they just ran into a buzzsaw in the playoff quarterfinal game.
There is no disgrace in losing to a team like Dardanelle. I’ll predict they’ll win the class 4A championship.
THINGS I LEARNED from reading e-mail: Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
AN ARKY ROAD TRIP. Had daughter here for Thanksgiving and she suggested that since the weather was so balmy, Saturday night would be a good time to go look for ‘The Gurdon Light.’
I’ve made about a dozen trips to those infamous railroad tracks outside of Gurdon, and Julie has been with me on about four of them. My first trip to see the light was with our own John Balch about four years ago. We really saw something. It was like a bright white lantern swinging side-to-side, and it appeared to be coming down the tracks in our direction. John said that if it continued to move toward us he was going to push me down and outrun me back to the safety of our buggy which was parked out on the highway.
Then a few months later, I made a trip with Julie and former police chief Larry Yates. We sat out on a railroad trestle about a half-mile down the tracks for about an hour. The only thing we saw were some tiny, blinking pale blue lights on the banks of a small creek. They were unexplainable, so I guess technically we did see the ‘Light.’ It just wasn’t the bright, white, scary one.
Julie and I made several other unsuccessful trips to the tracks over the years.
This past weekend she was in despair about finally seeing the Light, So, even though I wanted to watch Alabama whup Auburn, Saturday night, I found myself on the dark road to Gurdon.
We went through Antoine and turned onto State Highway 53 at Hollywood. It’s a good but dark and curvy road which eventually takes you over the Interstate. After that crossing, you stay on the road for about three miles until you come to the place where the railroad tracks USED to cross the road.
The tracks have been taken up, now, and the railroad ties have been tossed aside into the ditch. You can tell, however, where the tracks used to be. There is a convenient parking spot. It’s much easier to walk down the railroad bed now because it’s just fairly smooth gravel. We crossed two trestles and they were still in good shape. On the old roadbed, however, weeds sometimes brushed against our hands. Was it weeds, or was it some creepy creature reaching out for us? We we were both jumpy, anyway, no matter  how brave we acted. We walked through odd pockets of air where the temperature dropped at least five degrees. Really noticeable.
The track bed takes you past an old cemetery, and that doesn’t help. The air was really fresh and we could smell the trees. Overhead, the stars were bright when they weren’t hidden by scudding clouds. The quarter moon was so bright that we could walk without using our flashlights.
We had agreed to limit our stay to a half hour, and that time finally came without us having seen anything. It’s funny how the walk back to the buggy always seems so much longer than the way in. We occasionally glanced back over our shoulders just to make sure we weren’t missing a Light show.
On the drive home we both found ourselves scratching invisible bites, so there may have been some little critters out there in the dark.
I told Julie that I was fearful that the nearby clear-cutting, and the removal of the iron rails and old ties might have changed the atmosphere of the place so much that there are no more Light sightings.
If you know of anyone who has seen the Light in recent years let me know, please.
HE SAID: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Vince Lombardi, football coach
SHE SAID: “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, author


Obituaries (Week of Nov. 24 & Dec. 1, 2014)

Week of Nov. 24, 2014
Minnie Evelene
Cooley Roberts
Minnie Evelene Cooley Roberts, 96, of Nashville, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born Aug. 24, 1918 in the Tokio community to the late Jessie and Ellen Hutson Cooley. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She taught the Girls Auxiliary class at First Baptist for several years.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Isom Edwin Roberts; a daughter, Edna Mae Markham; and a son, Christopher Roberts; two sisters, Mildred Treat and Bert Walston; two brothers, Jack and Ralph Cooley.
Survivors include: a son, Harold Conrad Roberts of Topeka, Ks.; three daughters, Betty Ann Doyle Oliver of Fort Smith, Ark., Mary Ellen Wood of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Joyce Teague of Nashville; two brothers, Verl Cooley of Florida, and Clarence Cooley of North Carolina; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Services were Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Sanders and Bro. David Blase officiating. Interment followed in Unity Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Send an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Odell Jeanes
Odell Jeanes, 95, of Nashville, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014.
He was born April 20, 1919 in Howard County, the son of the late Johnny Milburn Jeanes and Roxie Mae Hodges Jeanes.
He was a highly-decorated US Army veteran of WWII who participated in many battles in the Pacific Theatre.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sibbie Jeanes; two brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include: two sons, Jimmy Jeanes of Ozan, and John Earnest Jeans of Little Rock; also two grandchildren.
Services were on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 in Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Bro. James Harris officiating. Burial followed in Saratoga Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Willa Dean Miller
Willa Dean Miller, 72 of Delight, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at her home.
Willa Dean was born Jan. 9, 1942 in McCaskill, Ark., to the late Spurgeon and Tiny (Kersey) Bell.
Mrs. Miller was a baptist and a member of the Bowen Community Church. She was an awesome cook and always enjoyed having her family around.  For more than 28 years she was a nurse. She was an avid camper and truly enjoyed those moments.
Survivors include: her husband of 42 years, Larry Miller of Delight, Ark.; three daughters, Theresa (Kevin) McLelland of Delight, Ark.; Bobbie (Dewayne) Ivie of Bradford, Ark.; Stacey (Ray) Modisette of Stamps, Ark.; one son, Jim (Nikki) Miller of Jacksonville, Ark.; 12 grandchildren, Autumn Self, Cain Lamb, Matthew and Audra McLelland, Jeremy Chambers, Whitney Livermon, Greg Davis, Kirby Hughes, Mitchell, Ryan, and Rachel Modisette, and Aimsley Miller.; 8 great-grandchildre,n Payten Diffee, Chesney Self, Cameron Campbell, Lilly and Jolie McLelland, Harleigh and Jay (Gus) Livermon and Karson Davis; also a number of nieces, nephews, a large extended family and friends.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro with Bro. Tom Ray and Bro. Mike Turner officiating, with burial to follow in Delight Cemetery.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Murfreesboro.
You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Marjorie Elaine Reed
Puckett Jacques
Marjorie Elaine Reed Puckett Jacques, 98, of Brinkley died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Brinkley.
She was born Dec. 29, 1915, at Milford, Mo., to the late Chester A. Arthur Reed and Leona Kirkendall Reed.
She was preceded in death by brothers Chester, Charles, Ward, and Doyle; a sister, Martha; her first and second husbands, Burgess Puckett and T.S. Jacques; sons, David Puckett and Michael Puckett, infant daughters Jean and June Puckett; and a granddaughter.
She was a member of Chapel Hill Church of Christ at Nashville.
Survivors include: sons, Madison Puckett of Nashville, Herbert Puckett of Wichita, Ks., Bryan Keith Puckett of Nashville, and Thomas Jacques and his wife, Katie, of Brinkley.
Services were held Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville, with burial following at Restland Memorial Park in Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
James Allen
‘Bo’ Bissell
James Allen Bissell,  84, of Nashville, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014.
He was born March 13, 1930, to the late Fred and Irene (Reeder) Bissell in Nashville.
He was a Korean War veteran, and retired from Southwestern Electric Power Co. after 38 years. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife of nearly 60 years, Rose Barber Bissell; two daughters, Pamela Marlar and husband, Albert, of Sheridan, and Patty Baker and husband, Winfred, of Covington, La; a son, Jeffrey Bissell of Ormond Beach, Fla.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at Latimer Funeral Home.
Services were Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Latimer Funeral Home. Burial followed at Restland Memorial Park in Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Ted Arlan Green
Ted Arlan Green, 73, of Hope, Ark., died Saturday, Nov. 22 at his home.
He was born Aug. 17, 1941 in Dierks, Ark., the son of the late Marvin and Grace Newton Green.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Quinonez.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He loved the Lord and was an outgoing man who never met a stranger. He would to out of his way to help anyone, and was much loved by his family and friends. He loved tending his garden and watching it grow. He loved fishing and flea markets.
Survivors include: his wife, Shirley; four sons, Danniel Herring of Hope, Mark Green and wife, Kay of Prescott, Ariz., John Breazeal of Lake Geneva, Wisc., and Glenn Breazeal of Phoenix, Ariz.; three brothers, David Green and wife, Nancy, of Portland, Ore., Joe Green ad wife Liz, of Nashville and Dennis Green and wife, Karen, of Nashville; two sisters, DiAnn Wofford and Mary Woodruff, both of Nashville. He is also survived by a host of grandchildren, nieces and  nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church in Nashville, with Bro. Josh McDonald officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Texarkana in memory of Ted Green.
Week of Dec. 1, 2014
Emma Woods
Emma Woods, 71, of Murfreesboro, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 in her home.
She was born on June 6, 1943, the daughter of the late Floyd Chandler and Daisy Pearl (Woodall) Chandler.
Mrs. Woods was a member of the First Baptist Church of Murfreesboro, the Wings group and Sunday school class.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Coker.
Survivors include: three daughters, Darla Stamps of Murfreesboro, Ark., Angala Shelton and husband, Mickey, of Murfreesboro, Ark., and Sherril Lowrey and husband, Chad, of Lewisville, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Donny Woods and wife, Sue, and William Woods and wife, Zona; one sister-in-law, Donnell Woods; and three grandchildren, Catherine Plunk, Austin Hignight and Awdra Hignight, and a host of nieces and nephews and other family members and friends mourn her passing.
Visitation was on Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at the Latimer Funeral Home chapel in Murfreesboro.
Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time at the First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro with Bro. Jerry Hill and Bro. Johnny Baker officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Tabor Cemetery near Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Lance Robert Ward
Lance Robert Ward, 38, of Nashville died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014.
He was born Dec. 10, 1975, in Manhattan, Kans., to Bob and Judy Ward.
Survivors include: his parents, Bob and Judy Ward of Nashville; two sisters, Nicole Griffin of Montgomery, Ala., and Miranda Lewis of Junction City, Kans.; a daughter, Neveah Jimenez of Oklahoma City, Okla.
A memorial service was held at Cross Point Cowboy Church in Nashville, on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014.
Steven E. Holton
Steven E. Holton, age 66, of Dierks, died Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.
He was born Aug. 12, 1948 in Auburn, Wash., the son of the late Homer Earl Holton and Tressa Winona Tyner Holton.
He was retired from Weyerhaeuser after 32 years. He was a volunteer and former chief of the Green’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include: a brother, Dale Silvey of Mojave Valley, Ariz.; a sister, Sherrie Stinson of Lake Tapps, Wash.; also grandchildren.
Graveside services were Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 in the Green’s Chapel Cemetery near Dierks with Billy Golden and Pete Pedron officiating.
Visitation was Friday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements were under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Guest registry is at davis-smith.com.
Pedro Saldivar
Pedro Saldivar, 62, of De Queen, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, in Little Rock.
He was born Sept. 24, 1952, in Reynosa, Mexico, to the late Ignacio Saldivar and Guadalupe Perez. He was a member of St. Barbara’s Catholic Church in De Queen where he was a musician.
He was preceded in death by a sister.
Survivors include: his wife, Carolyn Couch Herrod Salidivar of De Queen; a son, Pedro Saldivar of Las Vegas, Nev.; five daughters, Sonia Perez of Berryville, Adriana Saldivar of De Queen, Imelda Taylor of Berryville, Cindy Mashburn of Nashville, and JoDee Turner of Cowhide Cove; five brothers, a sister, and grandchildren.
A Rosary service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen, and a Mass of Christian burial was at St. Barbara’s Catholic Church on Saturday, Nov. 29 with Father Juan Manjaerrez officiating. Burial was in Biggs Chapel Cemetery near Nathan.
Send a sympathy message at chandlerfuneral.com.
Sarah Margaret Bissell Lay
Sarah Margaret Bissell Lay, 87 of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 in Nashville, Ark. She was born Nov. 15, 1927 in Nashville, Ark., the daughter of the late Fred and Irene Reeder Bissell.
Mrs. Lay was a longtime member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and taught Children’s Sunday School for many years. She worked as a librarian and teacher’s aide for the Fouke and Delight Public Schools.
She was preceded in death by her husband Garland Webb Lay; her son, Michael Garland Lay; a brother, James Allen Bissell; and a sister, Rena Mae Bissell.
Survivors include: two daughters, Peggy Mills and husband, Shane, of Texarkana, Ark.; Janet O’Neal of Nashville, Ark.; a daughter-in-law Charlotte Lay of Texarkana, Ark.; five grandchildren, Cassie Booth and husband, Ben, of Fayetteville, Ark.; Cale Mills of Nashville, Tenn.; Meredith Hale of Texarkana, Ark.; Abby Cortez and husband, Hector, of Nashville, Ark; Emily O’Neal of Nashville, Ark.; four great-grandchildren, McKenzi Hale of Texarkana, Ark.; Whitley and Brady Booth of Fayetteville, Ark.; and the soon arrival of Sofia Margaret Cortez; also, one brother, Reeder Bissell and wife, Katherine, of Longview, Texas; a sister-in-law, Rose Bissell of Nashville, Ark.; and a number of extended family.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1, at Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
 Services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Nashville, with Randy Hughes and Jerry Smith officiating. Burial followed at Restland Memorial Park under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
The family will be at the home of Charlotte Lay 1591 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Nashville, AR.
Memorials may be made to the Howard County Public Library, 426 N. Main, Suite 5, Nashville, AR. 71852 or any charity of your choice.
You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.co,.
Peter Russell Darling
Peter Russell Darling, age 64, of Fayetteville, Ark., went to be with God on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.
He was born in Lubbock, Texas, to Pete and Martha Darling on Nov. 17, 1950. “Rusty” was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Darling, and his brother, Hal Darling.
Those who will be remembering his quick wit and warm spirit include his wife, Michelle Darling; his father, Pete Darling (Phyllis); his four daughters, Kara Darling (Jaime Hernandez) of North Glenn, Colo., Leta Darling (David Reese), Casee Darling (Ricardo Martinez), and Audre Darling (Nathan Puckett), all of Fayetteville, Ark.; two sisters, Janie Darling (Tim) of Saratoga, Ark., and Leanna Coats of Webberville, Mich.; seven grandchildren and a host of friends and family.
Visitation was scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville, Ark., and 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Nashville Funeral Home in Nashville, Ark.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday at Nashville Funeral Home. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery.
To sign the online guest book, visit mooresfuneralchapel.com.
Alphonzo Edwin
Britton, Sr.
Alphonzo Edwin Britton, Sr., 74, of Hot Springs died, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, King and Floatie Givens Britton, and his siblings Howard, Arthur, Johnny, King, Jr., Walter, his twin, Alonzo, Nellie Kilpatrick and Elnora Parker.
Survivors include: his wife, Flora Mae Britton of Hot Springs; his children, Annette Maxine of Las Vegas, Nev., Kim Boles and Tanya King, both of Nashville, Alphonzo Britton, Jr., of Forest City, and Ezell Woods of Hot Springs; a brother, Johnny Britton of Fla.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 at Roanoke Baptist Church, 315 Whittington Street, Hot Springs, with Rev. Leon Massey and Rev. Douglas E. Jones officiating.
Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery. Arrangements by Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services.

Scrappers open state playoffs at home against Prairie Grove

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrappers will play their first game in the state Class 4A playoffs Friday night against a familiar foe from Northwest Arkansas, Prairie Grove.
Kickoff at Scrapper Stadium will be at 7 p.m. The kickoff time was established statewide by the Arkansas Activities Association.
Admission for students and adults will be $6 as set by the AAA.
Prairie Grove “has a really good program,” Scrapper Coach Billy Dawson said. “They do a really good job of what they do. They’ve been very successful. Coach Danny Abshier is in his 25th year and he does a really good job. Prairie Grove plays physical at the point of attack.”
The Tigers eliminated the Scrappers from the playoffs two years ago on a frigid November night in Northwest Arkansas. This year’s Scrapper seniors were sophomores then, and the underclassmen were in junior high. “They’ve heard about it. They’ve listened to the older players,” Dawson said, “but these are two different teams now for us and for them.”
The game will be played in a different setting, Scrapper Stadium. “It will be different here. They play really well at home. I hope we do,” Dawson said.
Prairie Grove (7-3, 5-2) averages 35 points per game on offense while giving up 20 points per game.
The Scrappers (9-1, 6-1) average 39.1 points per game on offense and give up 15.4 points per game on defense.
Dawson said there are “lots of seniors” on the Tigers’ roster, including 7 senior starters on defense.
Dawson saw Prairie Grove come from behind to defeat Lonoke 41-24 Friday night in the opening round game at Prairie Grove. The Tigers trailed 24-14 at one point before coming back and taking the victory.
Offensively, the Tigers are led by quarterback Ryan Merrell (6-2, 200). “He’s much like the Fountain Lake kid only bigger. He will throw it deep,” Dawson said.
Merrell’s targets include wide receiver Elliott Chamberlain and tight end Dylan Sachmer.
“He’ll throw to those two,” according to Dawson.
“Their main cat is Bobby Catt (5-10, 205),” Dawson said of the Tigers. The senior “is their guy. They’ll give it to him a bunch.”
Fullback Eli Lopez averages 15 carries per game. Blake Faulk (6-0, 195) picks up 5 or 6 carries per game.
“They have a great system,” Dawson said. “They do what they do in the Wing T, and they do a lot of different things.”
Defensively, the Tigers play a 3-man front and “like to bring pressure. They’ll show a lot of different looks with a lot of different pressures.”
Dakota Hutchinson is the team leader on defense, Dawson said. “He’s an emotional guy.”
Prairie Grove will “rotate a bunch of guys around. They have a lot of seniors who have played a lot of ball. They’re a big blitz team with a lot of different fronts. They rely on their athleticism.”
The Tigers are “pretty good on special teams. They will come after your punter. They’re a solid team,” Dawson said.
The Tigers finished third in their conference with losses to Pea Ridge and Shiloh Christian.
Dawson said the Scrapper defense will have to “have a big play on first down and get off the field on third down.”
The Tigers will “hit us for a negative play. We hope we hit them with a big one on offense. We’ll take 4 yards when we can get it, then hope we bust a long one.”
The keys for the Scrappers include turnovers and penalties, Dawson said. “We have to take care of the football.”
The Nashville offensive line “will have to do a good job up front. We’ll have to get our eyes on where they go.”
The Scrappers took advantage of last week’s first-round bye “and got some guys healthy. We got some of the game plan in. We’ll continue with the game plan and clean it up. We want to stay healthy this week.”
The Scrappers practiced Tuesday night and at their regular times this week.
The winner of Friday night’s game will face the winner of the game between Dardanelle and Hamburg.
The Scrappers are ranked number 2 in Class 4A by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Dardanelle is the top-ranked team in class 4A.

Restoring History: Murfreesboro’s Hawkins Variety Store back after major makeover

OPENING DAY. Customers visit Hawkins Variety Store Monday in Murfreesboro.

By John Balch
Leader staff
“Diamond John Huddleston probably stood right here.”
DeWayne Gray is standing in the middle of Hawkins Variety Store thinking about the local legend who is credited with finding the first Murfreesboro diamonds in 1906. “It’s really quite amazing when you stop and think about it.”
Huddleston’s glittering find set off a “diamond rush” and subsequent construction boom in the Pike County town. By the summer of 1909, the Owens-Stelle Building was completed on the corner of the Murfreesboro town square. The building has housed Hawkins Variety Store since 1943, operated then by Buel Hawkins’ parents. Buel and his bride, Sarah, took over the business when he returned from the war in 1945 and ran the business until the Hawkins leased the building and the Hawkins brand to Gray – with an option to buy. (Gray also owns the connecting Stelle portion of the building, which now houses Southern Specialties Fine Jewelry, as well as the old Hawkins furniture store, also nearby on the square.)
“There is a lot of history on this corner,” Gray said back in early October as he and his wife, Francy, worked late into the night toward a November reopening date.
The store was officially opened to customers Monday, Nov. 17, putting an “old but new” spin on the business that clings in many memories and the local history books. (An official grand opening was planned for Hawkins Variety Store on Saturday, Nov. 22.)
DeWayne, 48, has always known Hawkins. His mother used to take him there as a kid to buy school supplies, and of course, sodas and candy. The business was always a town hub where one could pay electric and gas bills and even use the Western Union.
“It had everything back then,” he recalled.
Well, almost everything.
Long ago, Buel Hawkins adopted the store’s longstanding slogan, which was written across the top of the building: “We have almost everything…if you will help us find it.” The slogan may be gone from the building front, but it still applies to DeWayne and Francy’s plans and is featured prominently on the store’s T-shirts.
“We’re trying to bring back the old Hawkins memories and memorabilia,” DeWayne said of the decision to undertake a major restoration of the building. “I’ve always loved this old building and I could see the potential and historic value of the building.”
DeWayne and Francy briefly stepped away from Hawkins when they leased the building and the Hawkins brand to Chris and Theresa Sharp. The Sharps operated the business with a more modern approach until Theresa lost a short battle with cancer. The Grays took back over in April of 2014 and have been deep in restoration ever since.
“Hawkins is an institution and a destination,” DeWayne said. “We want to keep it that way.”
The store has likely seen just as many visitors as the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Back in the day, Buel Hawkins had the walls lined with license plates from all 50 states and postcards from around the world. It was a tourist destination but also functioned to serve the townspeople.
“Our idea is to create a real working store, like an old general store, but avoid becoming a tourist trap,” said DeWayne, who again used the phrase “old but new.”
The “new” Hawkins now offers Blue Bell ice cream, a soda fountain, specialty food and sandwiches, and gourmet Columbian coffee, but also has a “kitchen corner” with houseware and cast iron items as well as a toy section like the “old” Hawkins. A loft area has also been renovated and Francy has plans to offer the space for events. There will also be a bridal registry.
In the front corner, the old Coca-Cola machine Buel himself installed years ago still offers a cold “little bottle of Coke” to visitors. “That’s even part of the history,” DeWayne said of the vintage vending machine.
DeWayne has always had an eye for history. At 18 years old, he became the youngest member to ever serve on the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, an organization dedicated to collecting and preserving the state’s heritage and history. He was also the first president of the Pike County Archives and History Society, which he helped found in 1986.
“I’ve always been fascinated with the historical aspect of things,” DeWayne said. “I’m a big fan of historic restoration.”
There is plenty of historic aspects for DeWayne and Francy at Hawkins Variety Store. Before the building became the store’s home, it was the home of the Whitten Drugstore, and later the Oscar Baber Drugstore. The back four rooms of the building also once housed the office of Dr. W.D. Alford. There was a coal-fired water heater, hand pumps for the water and a well that was uncovered in 2011 when the back area’s floors were replaced. There was even a room likely used for surgery, well lit by sunlight from high windows that also offered some privacy.
While working to restore a glass door in the back portion of the building where Buel’s office used to be, DeWayne was scratching away several coats of paint when he noticed some words underneath. Like an archeologist discovering an ancient fossil, DeWayne slowly discovered the words “Dr. Alford. Office” on the glass.
“More history,” DeWayne said as he smiled and pointed the door face he could have easily rushed right through and effectively erased some history. Above the doors in the back portion of the building are hinged transoms that were used for ventilation.
DeWayne and Francy have also chosen to bring a part of Buel’s history to the forefront. Tucked away back in Buel’s old office space was a massive safe, which DeWayne said dates back to the early 1900s. The safe, which is still functional, was so huge that when it was rolled into view out by the main counter, it’s wheels left a indention track in the store’s wooden floors. The plan is a for a minor restoration, but not too much.
“It was hidden away but it needed to be up here where everyone can see it,” DeWayne said.
The Grays have attempted to keep everything as it was originally – from door knobs and latches, to the pine floors, to the cracks in the fading green paint on the walls, which have been sealed in time.
“We’re trying to leave everything old, but clean,” DeWayne said with a laugh. “Keep the history, but keep it clean.”
A portion of the original windows installed in 1909 still let the sunlight in the front of the building despite being covered for decades with what DeWayne later discovered was “horse hoof glue.” He has spent many hours standing high above on a ladder removing the glue, and he is still not finished.
“That about killed me,” he said.
The restoration of Hawkins Variety Store is an ongoing process and DeWayne and Francy are not sure when it will ever be complete. They know history can sometimes be a slow process.
“It’s our passion and we want to make sure it’s done right,” DeWayne said.

HISTORIC PLANS. DeWayne and Francy Gray of Murfreesboro with an old photo of the Owens-Stelle Building, the home of historic Hawkins Variety Store.


BACK IN EARLY OCTOBER work was well underway on the major restoration of Hawkins Variety Store in Murfreesboro.

Rison takes out Outlaws, 44-16

The Dierks Outlaws closed out the 2014 season with a 6-5 record after falling to the Rison Wildcats, 44-6, Friday night in Round 1 of the 2A playoffs.
The Wildcats will travel to Rector Friday for Round 2.
The Outlaws posted 201 yards of offense, including 172 on the ground and 29 via the pass. Junior Tyler Kesterson completed five of nine passes and rushed for 25 more yards and a touchdown behind fellow junior Trendin McKinney, who carried 20 times for 116 yards and also pulled down three passes for 21 yards. Kesterson’s TD run came early in the first quarter and would amount to the Outlaws’ only points of the night.
The Rison offense earned 290 total yards with 232 coming on the ground and scored 29 points in the first quarter and 15 in the second quarter before the offense went quiet for the remainder of the game. QB Crouse hit two of three passes for 58 yards and one TD, a 30-yarder late in the first quarter.
The Outlaw defense was led by Layne McWhorter and Cale Adams, who each had four solo stops. Also listed on the tackle chart was Lane Woodruff, Kesterson, Jake Green, Aaron Kesterson, Colton Strode, Peyton Frachiseur, McKinney, caleb Dunn, Jake Eudy and Andrew Hilton.


A Double Dose of Mine Creek Revelations: Feeding Monarchs & Piggy Confession

By Louie Graves
Feeding Monarchs
I AM NOT AWARE of any candidate who ran for office with the intent of bringing down our country or state. Some of them had philosophies that were quite a bit different from my own, but I believe even the most stupid of the opposition only wanted a better state and nation.
So, I congratulate all who put themselves (and their families) up for public inspection in the recent General Election. Thanks to those who won and thanks to those who didn’t.
This column did not ‘endorse’ any candidate; I recommended some personally, however. All three lost. They were still the best candidates, in my humble opinion.
So there.
I will admit that voting a straight ticket is the best way to send a message to the ‘ins’ that you don’t like what’s going on.
There’s one remaining ticklish problem for some of you.
In this county there were 1,017 people who voted against our town’s Nate Steel in his unsuccessful race for Arkansas Attorney General.
Through the power of the press I have obtained the names of those persons, and I have helpfully turned them over to Nate’s mother.
Expect a visit, soon.
KEEPING UP WITH former residents. Roy Reaves, once president of what was then Citizens National Bank here, has been elected chairman of the Board of Trustees at Harding University where he went to college eons ago. Tall Roy has been on the Harding board since 2007.
According to a school news release, he’s retired and living in Russellville.
THE GOOD EARTH. A short piece abut Monarch Butterflies in this column last week inspired our town’s Dr. John Hearnsberger to bring back some Milkweed seed pods from his trip to South Dakota where he went to fight the pheasants.
John says that milkweed is prolific in South Dakota, and he plucked some specimens out of a roadside ditch and brought ‘em home in a Walmart sack. He gave me a few pods which I’ll put out in my side yard. He says he’ll plant the rest out at his acres in hopes of attracting Monarchs next summer.
Monarch Butterflies and Caterpillars eat only milkweed. The gradual disappearance of that plant is said to be one reason Monarchs are in decline.
After I wrote the piece, I also ordered some Milkweed seeds from an Internet outfit. Instructions are to go ahead and plant them now in about 1/8-inch of soil so they can get comfortable before Spring.
If you want a few seeds, contact me. Milkweed reportedly makes nice little flowers, and neither attracts nor harms other critters.
HEARD FROM. County Veterans Services officer Milton Puryear sez he liked comments in this column last week about birthdays for the military service branches BUT he points out that I didn’t mention the oldest military branch.
According to Milton (who should know because he was probably there) the Colony’s Militia — now the National Guard — was born Dec. 16, 1636. That’s 139 years before those upstarts in the US Army, Milton sez.
SORTA LATE but important. In the August graduation exercises at UCA, John Tyler Floyd of Nashville received his Phd. in physical therapy. The school’s news release came this week.
A COMPLAINT. Monday, Nov. 10 was the 50th anniversary of the first airing of “Gunsmoke.” My ole college roomie Eddie Cobb wants to know why this isn’t a national holiday.
Marshal Matt Dillon, Miss Kitty, Doc, Chester, Festus and others are Eddie’s heroes.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. Out on my morning walk at about 6:15, Monday, I startled a deer which was browsing in Bobby Dillard’s yard in my neighborhood. It was a big doe. When she spotted me she took off through Brent Pinkerton’s yard on her way to the woods. It’s not the first time I’ve seen a deer in the neighborhood.
MORE ANIMAL CRACKERS. Getting ready to step into the shower Tuesday and luckily I looked down.
There, just waiting for a chance to bite my foot was a spider. A big spider. HUGE. MONSTEROUS.
It was as big as the hubcap of a crewcab Chevy up at Gary Dan’s place.
I washed it into the drain with a flood of hot water. And then watched the drain the whole time I showered. I was nervous that the beast would crawl up out of the drain and bite my foot.
I’m not kidding about the size, either. It was big enough to have a Tom Cotton bumper sticker across its backside.
The only good spider, snake or scorpion is a dead one.
HE SAID: “Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” Allen Klein, author and speaker
SHE SAID: “Scientists have demonstrated that dramatic, positive changes can occur in our lives as a direct result of facing an extreme challenge – whether it’s coping with a serious illness, daring to quit smoking, or dealing with depression. Researchers call this ‘post-traumatic growth.’ Jane McGonigal, author and game designer
Piggy Confession
It was not until there were only about three minutes left in the fourth quarter before I could relax and enjoy the Razorback win over LSU.
Why? Because I am a loyal fair-weather fan. And I was confident deep in my heart that ‘we’ would find a way to give away the game.
I usually start off the college football season by putting up a swell Razorback flag on a pole in my front yard. I also hang a Razorback banner on some hidden hooks over the front door entrance. I know for a fact that the Razorback flag is ‘swell’ because I had to pay so much for it. Sometimes I go a step further. I have four magnetic Hog signs that are put lovingly on the doors and tailgate of my buggy.
And I always go even further and wear my ‘lucky’ Razorback shirt, pants and cap.
But this year I sank into a deep despair because the team just could not avoid shooting itself in the foot and pulling defeat from the jaws of victory each week.
Finally, this loyal fair-weather fan had had enough.
Sometime during the loss to Georgia — before the game was even over — I stormed out and ripped that flag out of the ground, and tossed it unceremoniously into a dark corner of my storage room. The banner? It came down and it is still wadded up with the dust bunnies under a chest-of-drawers in the guest bedroom.
I watched the LSU game wearing blue and green plaid lounge pants and a green t-shirt. Nothing Razorback or red in sight. Or out of sight, either. I even put green food coloring in the Weight Watchers cheese dip.
I can’t believe I’m such a shallow fan. After all, I’m an alumnus and I live only 100 yards away from Liz Honey who sings those songs on ‘Youtube.’ Her snappy, patriotic lyrics are so full of hope and confidence that Arkansas will eventually prevail.
She has been the kind of fan that the UA athletic department, the coaches, other loyal fans and players dearly love.
Bah! Humbug and Humhawg, I say these days
I’ve watched the team through about eight head coaches, and I cannot remember a team that came from behind to win late in the game.
But I’ve been in the stands or clinging to the radio when we’ve lost a few. I sat in the stands for ‘that’ loss to Texas. Yes, ‘that’ one.
Please, don’t ask which other late losses. I can’t recount them without breaking into tears.
If by some miracle the Hogs defeat Ole Miss, Saturday, I promise to go back out and put up the flag. I’ll hang the banner over the front door again. I’ll get out the magnetic signs and will wear freshly-washed Razorback duds. Red peppers in the cheese dip.
That will guarantee a loss to Missouri the following week.
Remember, I said I was a LOYAL fair-weather fan. And superstitious, too.
The European Space Agency deserves a lot of credit for managing to land a probe on a comet after a 10-year journey.
Unfortunately, the whatchamightcallit that was supposed to secure the Philae Lander to the surface of the comet didn’t work, and the lander bounced a ways into space before setting down again about a half-mile from the original landing point.
Unfortunately, the new landing spot is in the shadow of a cliff and the solar batteries cannot recharge.
The upshot is that after traveling (I believe) about 4 billion miles and 10 years, the lander might not be able to send back discovery data as hoped because sunlight cannot reach the solar panels.
Still, what an accomplishment! The comet is 317 million miles from Earth, but the Europeans had to ‘slingshot’ it around Earth and Mars a few times to make it catch up to the comet.
ANIMAL CRACKERS. Both of my regular readers will remember last week’s column in which I wrote about a gigantic spider which I washed down the shower drain before it could attack my foot.
Well, Monday morning that sucker climbed back up out of the drain and it was as mad as the LSU fans were Saturday night. Also, if you can imagine, it was wearing swim fins on each of its eight feet.
I washed it down the drain again but I fully expect to see it again. Next time it may be armed.
The only good spider, snake or scorpion is one that’s on its back in the middle of the road and hasn’t moved for 12 hours.
HE SAID: “Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.” Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and philosopher
SHE SAID: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” Dr. Marie Curie, scientist

Thunderbirds soar over Rattlers, 32-18

TAKING ON A THUNDERBIRD. Rattler defender Jacob Jackson brings down the Cross County runner Friday night as Cameron Snowden (27) moves in to assist during Round 1 of the 2A playoffs.

It was a long, cold drive. But the game proved short as the Cross County Thunderbirds made quick work of beating the Murfreesboro Rattlers, 32-18, in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The Thunderbirds advanced to Round 2 and will host the Poyen Indians, who beat Marked Tree, 32-26, in the opening round. The Rattlers close out the season with a 7-4 record.
The Thunderbirds racked up 414 yards on offense, including 336 on the ground, while their defense held the Rattlers scoreless for the first half and to just under 200 total yards of offense. Cross County’s offense was led by Anfernee Davis, who rushed at-will around the Rattlers for 271 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns. The T-Bird passing game collected 78 yards on four of eight passes.
The Rattlers’ 198 yards of offense included senior quarterback Alex Kennedy hitting 11 of 22 passes for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Rattler receivers included the senior trio of Jacob Jackson with seven catches for 91 yards, Christian Eckert with two for 76 yards and one TD and Kenan Green with two catches for 15 yards.
Jackson added to the Rattler total in the fourth quarter when he returned a kick-off 73 yards for the score.
Murfreesboro’s usually stout running game was virtually shutdown against Cross County, earning just 16 yards. Senior Ross Stewart picked up the majority of the yardage with five carries for 25 yards and one TD while junior Daniel Robinson had seven carries for five yards. Other rushes by the Rattlers resulted in negative yardage.
Friday’s game started in the Rattlers’ favor on the first CC drive when sophomore Ryan Roberts stalled a drive with an interception. Murfreesboro failed to capitalize and punted the ball away to set the home team up inside their own 20. Davis broke away for his first score of the night three plays later, scampering 65 yards to the endzone. A two-point play was good for an 8-0 lead with 4:44 left in the opening quarter.
After another three-and-out for the Rattlers, the Thunderbirds marched 86 yards in seven plays, capped by Davis from 38 yards out with a few ticks left on the first-quarter clock. The two-point play lifted CC up 16-0.
The Rattler offense stalled again on the next possession but the defense woke up on the T-Birds’ next possession and forced a punt. QB Kennedy was under constant pressure during the next possession and he again punted the ball away to set CC up at the 34 with just under seven minutes left in the first half.
Murfreesboro made its biggest defensive stance of the night and killed the T-Birds’ drive 12 plays in as the clock expired on the first half, keeping the CC offense out of the endzone for the full 12 minutes.
The Rattler offense failed to fire up to open the next half and Kennedy punted the ball away to midfield. CC seemed destine for the endzone on the next possession after converting a fourth down, but on the 10th play of the drive sophomore Cameron Snowden hit the CC backfield and the Rattlers took over on downs at their own 40.
Working with quick passes, the Rattlers drove 60 yards in nine plays and Stewart punched in the Rattlers’ first points from eight yards out with 3:01 left in the third quarter.
Murfreesboro’s defense continued to warm in the third quarter and shut down another CC drive in the waning seconds of the quarter and eventually kept the T-Birds out of the endzone for the entire third quarter.
The Rattlers started another march from the 45 which spilled into the final quarter but stalled when a trick play failed to convert on a fourth down.
The Rattler defense again stood up and forced another punt but Kennedy was picked off on the drive’s fourth play. CC responded with a drive that ended with an eight-yard score with 4:03 left in the game.
Jackson quickly put more Rattler points up when he returned the ensuing kick 73 yards with 3:52 left in the game.
The T-Birds found the endzone one more time when Davis scored from 37 yards with 3:28 on the clock.
The Rattlers’ final points of the season came when Kennedy connected with Eckert for a 63-yard TD pass which tallied the score at 32-18.

Obituaries (Week of Nov. 10-Week of Nov. 17, 2014)

Delagene Boyette Byers
Delagene Boyette Byers of Mineral Springs  passed away Nov. 5, 2014, at Baptist Health in Little Rock.
She was born Nov. 20, 1948 in Nashville, Ark., and was the daughter of the late Delma and Frances Smith Boyette.
A 1966 graduate of Nashville High School, she attended Henderson State University and was the owner of B’s Quick Stop in Mineral Springs. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was strong as an ox, was very giving, and endured several health obstacles in her life but approached all with a positive attitude.
Her twin sons were the light of her life. Matthew Blake Byers and Michael Brock Byers both live in Mineral Springs, as does her husband, Ralph Byers.
Delagene is also survived by her sister, Joy Byers (David) of Nashville; her brother, Del Boyette of Little Rock; and her nephew, Davey (Kim) Byers of Gillette, Wyo. She is survived by many cousins, relatives and friends, including a special cousin Angela Allen. A very special best friend, Elizabeth Moore, also survives.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Derlis Martino and Nurse Practitioner Ellen Shadwick for never giving up on her and for the care she received.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at the Nashville Funeral Home, 1208 West Sunset in Nashville. Visitation was at 1:00 prior to the service at the funeral home. Graveside will follow in Mineral Springs Cemetery.
The family asks that memorials be made to Baptist Health Foundation, 9601 Interstate 630, Exit 7, Little Rock, AR 72205, or to the Howard Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Medical Circle Drive, Nashville, AR 71852, or to a favorite charity.
You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Lena Underwood Harris
Lena Underwood Harris, 91, of Mineral Springs, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 in Nashville.
She was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Nashville to the late Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Underwood. She was a retired telephone operator more than 35 years with Bell Telephone Co., and was a member of the Harvest Time Assembly of God Church in Murfreesboro.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Funderburg.
Survivors include: her husband, Deck Ward Harris of Mineral Springs; a daughter, Judy Ann Rhodes of LaPine, Ore.; also a grandson.
Graveside services were Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Mineral Springs Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Shinn officiating. Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.
Mary Ross Hughes
Mary Emily (Ross) Hughes, 75, of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 in Texarkana, Texas.
She was born in Hempstead County on Nov. 1, 1939, the daughter of the late George and Lena (Friddle) Ross.
Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Sardis Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two nephews, James Michael Ross and Daniel Scott Hughes, and one great-niece, Katlyn Grace Key.
She is survived by: her husband, Travis Hughes, of Nashville, Ark.; a daughter, Belinda Hughes Lowe and husband, Bill, of Las Vegas, Nev.; two brothers, Kenneth Ross and wife, Linda, of Mineral Springs, Ark., James Ross and wife, Irene, of El Dorado, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Tom Hughes and wife, Marcia, of Pocatello, Idaho; four nieces, two nephews, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends mourn her passing.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at Sardis Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation was at 1 p.m. before service time at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Sardis Cemetery, c/o Dildy Reed.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
James M. Hartness
James M. Hartness, 76, of Nashville, died Sunday Nov. 9, 2014 in Little Rock.
He was born March 8, 1938 in Ozan, the son of the late Elmer and Nettie Bennett Hartness.
He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville.
He was preceded in death by a son, Marty Wayne Hartness.
Survivors include: his wife of 48 years, Rosann Hartness, of Nashville; three sons, Tim Hartness, Justin Hartness, Ray Hartness and wife, Brenda, all of Nashville; a daughter, Sherri Hipp and husband, Russell, of Mineral Springs; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Chapel in Nashville with Bro. Keith Mays officiating. Burial will follow at Bluff Springs Cemetery near Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel, Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Wayne Morris
Thomas Wayne Morris, 53, of Delight went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Tom was born on March 3, 1961 in Murfreesboro, Ark., to Estil and Carolyn (Ward) Morris. He married Debbie Bell on June 27, 1980.
Thomas was a faithful member of the Delight Church of Christ. He was a Master Electrician. He also loved spending time with his family and was especially proud of his granddaughters. Tom also liked working on the farm, going to the lake, and trail riding.  In 2007 they were selected as Farm Family of the Year.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Estil; maternal grandparents, William “Zell” and Dorothy Mae Ward; paternal grandparents, Carter Lee and Ruby Dale Morris; and a dear uncle, Mack Morris.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Debbie; three sons, Adam Morris and wife, Melissa, Gregory Morris, and Jeffery Morris, all of Billstown; two granddaughters, Harper Grace and Anniston Beth; grandson, Quinton Alexander; his mother, Carolyn Morris of Delight; two sisters, Sandra VanCamp and husband, Lonny of Antoine, Ark. and Rebecca Stokes and husband, Ryan of Prescott, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Services were 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 at the Delight Church of Christ with Leon McKinnon, Brent Alexander, and Bob Watson officiating. Burial followed in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.
Visitation was on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. in the chapel, Murfreesboro.
Pallbearers will be Rick Williams, Steve Rhodes, Ricky Stokes, Eli VanCamp, Levi VanCamp, Tommy Parker, Ken Lewis, and J.W. Miller.  Honorary Pallbearers are class members of 1979 and Stan Ward.
You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.
Rodney Gardner
Rodney Gardner, 73, of Nashville, passed away on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 in Little Rock, Ark.
He was born Oct. 5, 1941 in Center Point, Ark., the son of the late H.B. Gardner and Eulail Elizabeth (Lemons) Gardner.Rodney was a member of the Blue Bayou Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James C. Gardner.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nancy Gardner of Nashville; three daughters, Julie McRae and husband, Jeff of Nashville, Tina Chism and husband, Robert of Nashville, and Machelle Driver of Dierks; two sisters, Sharon Turner and husband, Ronald, and Jane Smith and husband, Phillip, all of Dierks; eight grandchildren, Taylor Barr and husband, Blake of Texarkana, Ark., Monique Jackson of Nashville, Brady Eudy and wife, Emily of Texarkana, Ark., Brooke Eudy of Hope, Montana Chism of Texarkana, Texas, Lane Chism of Texarkana, Texas, Mylee Scarbrough of Shreveport, La., and Macy Lewis and husband, Trevor of Nashville; five great-grandchildren, Eva Reese Wilcox of Nashville, Emma Duncan of Texarkana, Ark., Ella Wilcox of Nashville, Jett Jackson of Nashville, and Myla Lewis of Nashville. A host of other relatives and friends mourn his passing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville with Mike Reese and Michael Howard officiating, with Johnny Bowman as song leader.  Burial to follow in Center Point Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com
Betty Jean Reed
Betty Jean Reed, age 84, a longtime resident of Wheaton, Ill., and formerly of Benton, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Nov. 13, at DuPage Convalescent Center in Wheaton.
She was born Jan. 9, 1930 near Benton, Ark., to Lawrence and Lillie Mae Glass.
Betty grew up in Benton and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Benton. She graduated from Benton High School in 1948 and attended Wheaton College and Moody Bible Institute. She met Troy Reed at the First Baptist Church of Wheaton and they were married on March 31, 1956.  They raised three children in Kansas City, Mo., and Springfield, Ill. where they lived until moving back to Wheaton in 1972. She was employed as an L.P.N. at DuPage Convalescent Center and MarianJoy Rehabilitation Center in Wheaton.
Her faith was an important part of her life and she actively served as a Sunday School Teacher and Bible Study leader at her churches, most recently at Glenfield Baptist Church. Betty loved to be with people and had many close friends.  She dearly loved her family.
She is survived by her husband, Troy Reed; three children, Peggy (Tom) Lyons of Carol Stream, Bill (Tammy) Reed of Zeeland, MI and Don Reed of Algonquin; six grandchildren, Reed (Jess), Claire (Rick), Bess, Troy, Kyle (Erica) and Taylor; and her sister, Joyce James, of Benton, Ark. Her brother-in-law is Reuben Reed of Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Hollis and Harley Glass.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 4:00 p.m. Friends visited with the family from 1:30 until 4:00. Interment was at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Ill., on Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Memorial gifts may be directed to DuPage Convalescent Center Foundation, 400 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187.
Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.
Julian David ‘J.D’ Rogers
Julian David “J.D.” Rogers, 87, of Nashville, died Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born on May 16, 1927 in Florida.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Rogers, and one daughter, Lori Rogers.
Survivors include: one son, Robert Rogers; one stepson, Steve Upchurch; one stepdaughter, Sally Comeaux; also, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 at County Line Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home Nashville.
Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.

Pike County’s flu clinic reset for Nov. 20

On Thursday, Nov. 20, the Pike County Health Unit of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) will be giving flu vaccines at the Pike County Health Unit, 15 Caddo Drive in Murfreesboro from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is important to get a flu vaccine every year, because the flu virus changes from year to year. This year’s vaccine protects against the flu viruses that are expected to cause the most illness this season.
If you have insurance, the ADH will ask your insurance to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine. If you do not have insurance or your insurance company does not pay, the vaccine will be available at no charge to you.
Schedules for dates and times of flu clinics, which will be held in each county, can be found on the ADH website at www.healthy.arkansas.gov.
“We want Pike County residents to stay healthy this flu season, and getting a yearly flu vaccine is the best line of protection,” Irene Chambers Pike County Health Unit Administrator said. “We encourage everyone to come to the clinic to get their flu vaccine.”
People of all ages can get the flu; but certain people are more likely to have serious health complications if they get it. This includes older people, young children, pregnant women, people with certain health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), and people who live in nursing homes.
 “Last year’s flu season was the worst in Arkansas in terms of flu deaths in the last three decades.   This is a reminder that flu is not an illness that should be taken lightly,” said Dirk Haselow, M.D., State Epidemiologist at ADH. “Many Arkansans have lost loved ones to the flu. Before you decide to skip the flu vaccine, think about those who care about you or count on you.”
The flu vaccine is safe and does not cause the flu. Some people may have mild soreness and redness near the site of the shot and a low fever or slight headache. For those who do not like shots, the flu mist is another option. The flu mist is recommended for anyone between the ages of two through 49 who does not have asthma or other problems that might weaken their immune systems.
There are very few medical reasons to skip the flu vaccine. They include life-threatening allergic reactions to a previous dose of the flu vaccine or to eggs, or a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome. People with a non-life-threatening egg allergy may be vaccinated but need to see a doctor specializing in allergies.
 The flu is easily spread through coughing or sneezing and by touching a hard surface with the virus on it and then touching the nose or mouth. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated each year and practice good hand washing.
For more information, go to www.healthy.arkansas.gov or www.flu.gov .

Scrappers headed to Bauxite tonight

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The outright District 7-4A championship will be at stake Friday night when the Scrappers  (8-1, 5-1) visit Bauxite to take on the Miners. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Nashville clinched at least a share of the title last week with a 28-26 win over Malvern. The Scrappers also earned home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Now, “We have the opportunity to win the league outright,” Coach Billy Dawson said. “There’s a lot we have to play for.”
Ben Madison “is their guy on offense and defense,” Dawson said. Madison, whom Dawson described as “good in all four sports,” is likely to “line up everywhere, the whole gamut” on both sides of the ball.
Zac Baxley, a junior is the Miners’ quarterback. Running back Blaze Vineyard is “a shifty little guy who can really run.”
Bauxite has had “a few injuries as of late. I don’t know if they will be back,” Dawson said. “That’s the grind of this conference, everybody is banged up.”
The list includes 7 Scrappers “who were banged up in the Malvern game. It was physica. We’ve had 5 or 6 of our conference games that were really physical. Everybody has some issues.”
District 7-4A is “a balanced league,” Dawson said. The final standings before the playoffs won’t be determined until Friday night’s games are completed.
Malvern, Arkadelphia, Ashdown, Mena and possibly Fountain Lake will vie for playoff spots.
The playoffs begin Friday, Nov. 14. Nashville will have a first-round bye.
The Scrappers enter this week’s game with Bauxite ranked third in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Class 4A poll.

Pike County man gets life sentence after pleading guilty to triple murder

By John Balch
Leader staff
A Pike County man who killed three family members in July of 2013 pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of capital murder and was sentenced to a lifetime behind bars without a chance for parole.
Timothy Allen Hill, 44, of Billstown entered the guilty plea for the shooting deaths of his estranged wife, Dana Hill, 33; his mother-in-law, Julie Hartsfield, 54; and his wife’s niece, 9-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.
Timothy Hill, who initially pleaded innocent to the deaths, was unshaven, heavy-set and dressed in bright orange prison garb when he appeared before Judge Charles Yeargan in Pike County Circuit Court Monday. Hill was accompanied by his attorney, Rowe Stayton, and his parents sat in the front row of the courtroom. Hill spoke clearly in response to Judge Yeargan’s questions and answered “guilty” to all three capitol murder charges.
One side of the courtroom was filled with members of the victims’ families. Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir said the family members had approved the plea agreement prior to the court session. “I, along with the family, think justice was certainly served today,” Chesshir told The Nashville Leader Monday afternoon.

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.” Hill told authorities the night of the shooting that he had taken his two young sons to his parents’ nearby house, knowing his wife was on the way to the home.

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.

Dana Hill had went into the bathroom after arriving at the home. It was at this time, the defendant 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,” according to case records.

“It’s my opinion that (Hill) knew exactly what he was going to do,” Chesshir told the newspaper. “He took the kids to his father’s house so they wouldn’t be there to witness what he had planned.”

During Monday’s court appearance, Hill said he was in a “rage” at the time of the shootings and that he and Dana Hill had been arguing.

Investigators found six bullet holes from an SKS rifle in the right front passenger’s door and two bullet holes near the right rear door of a BMW car registered to Dana Hill. Autumn Hartsfield was sitting in the backseat of the car, 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 a case 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 his mother-in-law. He continued to contend Monday during the court appearance that he was unaware that the child was in the car.

Hill had 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 noted he was suffering from major depression.

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.

New HMH physician likely to arrive next month

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Howard Memorial Hospital continues to prepare for the arrival of a new physician.
CEO Debra Wright said Dr. Said Javed is expected to open his practice in early December. Wright told the hospital board last week that the immigration attorney has sent Dr. Javed the packet of information necessary to schedule an interview with the U.S. embassy in London to obtain permission to come to the U.S.
“The interview should be granted quickly, but it may take three to four weeks for their decision,” Wright said.
Recruitment continues for another physician. An interview will be set for a doctor who will be available to start working in Nashville next summer.
Dr. Mgoz Idilenna Wilkins plans to open her practice here in 2016 upon completion of her residency. “Dr. Wilkins sent a very kind e-mail offering her condolences regarding Dr. [Bob] Sykes’ death,” Wright said.
Dr. Javed’s practice will be located in the medical office building on the HMH campus. The office is being prepared for his arrival, and a staff is in place.
The hospital is looking at plans to construct another facility to accommodate the expected arrival of additional doctors in the next couple of years.
Wright said there could be advantages to constructing the office building and a geriatric behavioral health facility simultaneously.
Sealed bids were submitted by two contractors for the geriatric building. Both were above budget, Wright said, but Altech’s proposal “was the more favorable of the two due to availability to begin the project and the construction timeline.” She said a follow-up meeting will review architectural specifications and determine how to reduce costs.
Wright and the architect met with Altech to determine if the geriatric and office facilities could be done at the same time. If the projects come in within the budget, work could begin in early January and be completed within six to eight months.
CNO Alesha Collins said Britni Fannin has been named patient care unit director. She is currently the HMH case manager and will remain in the role until a new case manager is hired and trained, according to Collins.
Collins has been elected to the Arkansas Organization for Nurse Executives board. “I am excited that it will be a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and grow as a nursing executive and help push nursing back in the right direction in relation to professional practice standards,” she said.
The medical staff approved the hiring of Vickie Posey Reynolds as the new registered dietician for the hospital. She has worked at HMH in the past and moved back to the area. She succeeds Rose Hoening.
Howard Memorial recorded a profit of $26,652 for September, according to CFO Bill Craig. The month had been budgeted to show a loss of nearly $47,000, resulting in a favorable variance of nearly $73,600, Craig said.
Outpatient visits, emergency department visits and surgical cases were all above budget. The inpatient average daily census of 2.4 patients was below budget, Craig said.
The hospital has 138.7 days cash on hand, compared to a target of 100 days. Accounts receivable are 27.6 days, compared to the target of 45 days.

Nashville Elementary School Honor Roll

The honor roll for the first nine-week grade period has been released by Nashville Elementary School.
Fourth grade
ALL A: Cesar Aguilar-Hernandez, Elizabeth Billingsley, Adam Bostic, Jose Bretado Jr., Lauren Carver, Shyanne Christian, Dalton Coffman, Addison Cox, Angel Cruz, Dabne Cuellar, Madison Daniel, Hayden Davis,  J. Landon Dyer, Mykensie Ewert, Noella Ferretiz, Martin Garcia, Miller Goff, Kristen S. Green, Nevaeh Green, Anna C. Gunter, Kristen Hendry, Haylie Hill, Ashlyn Hipp, Emma Hutchison, Nicolas Iacovelli, Savanna Jackson, Sophie Kuykendall, Juliet Marcelino, Daleigh Morris, Kelly Pace, Sophie Padgett, Evett Padilla, Sabina Pina, Arely Pioquinto, Kaydence Reisinger, Perla Rios, Martisa Rosas, Kaydence Schroer, Kyleigh Scoggins, Alex Sullivan, Oliva Tedford, Wiley Washburn, and Riley Webb.
All A and B: Obed Aguilar, Anthoney Ballstrose, Rachel Barton, Richard Barton, Jonna Boone, Alicia Bustos, marian Campos, Jackson Carter, Tyler Castro, Colton Cox, Kiara Cruz, Lorrine Davis, Emanuel Del Carmen, Garrett Ewing, Marisol Ferretiz, Dylan Finley, Kelvin Flowers, Waydon Funderburk, Taniya Golston, Hayden Goodson, Makenzie Graham, David Gutierrez, Jewelie Harris, Ayanna Hendrix, Makayla Hill, Brooklynn Ireland, Brayden Kerschner, Trista Lansdell, James Leedale, Zaid Lorenzo,  Joevonnie Martinez, Devon Mays, Elvonte Mays, Felix A Mendiola, Mia Mendiola, P Remington Miller, Cassondra Nolen, Andrew Peebles, Kaivonna Perkins, Journey Pope, Blake Rhodes, Jennifer Santamaria, Alliyah Sillavon, Tracee Sims, Aiden Smith, Jaycee Spoo, Janiya Starr, J’Kha Stewart, Jonah Stinnett, Alana Swopes, Jonathan Vancamp, Sergio Vazquez-Rodriquez, Amayrany Violante, Bayden Walton, Zion Wells, Justin Wescott, Sha’mya White, Weston White, and Elizabeth Worley.
Fifth grade
All A: Zackary Barton, Maci Bishop, Charlie Bissell, Lillian Burton, Tiffany Byers, Isai Camacho, Maggie Campbell, Ashley Chambers, Katie Cochran, Heavyn Collins, Alayna Cook, Audri Couch, Isabella Dixon, J. Riley Dodd, Jonah Fant, Edwin Flores, Turner Futrell, Tyler Garner, Madison Gray, Lawson Green, Ethan Gunter, Andrew Harrison, Peyton Hilliard, Avery Hood, Jenna Hostetler, Alizea Hutchinson, Shelbie Kirchoff, Hayden Linville, Andrew McCain, Aslynn Miller, Jennifer Perez, Ivette Pizarro, Ella Ragar, Brittan Ray, Athziry Rocha, Haley Rosenbaum, Calob Scott, T Hunter Serrano, Ellen spigner, Treyton Spurling, Mattison Steele, Katherine Talley, Wyatt Talley, Mason Turbeville, Haeden Walker, Emma Watts, Kinsey Westfall, Lauren Whisenhunt, and Steven Wright.
All A and B: Julia Hernandez, Gissel Alcocer, Jasmine Alfaro, Natalie Alfaro, Syndy Almazan, Emily Avalos, Cesar
Barajas, Masea Billihngsley, Morgan Billingsley, Aiden Chapman, Chandler Chapman, Rebecca Connell, Summer Cox, James Dewalt, Noel Dunham, Maylin Escamilla, Dianaliz Flores-Martinez, Ke’anay Flowers, Isai Fong-Pineda, Mason Free,  Nicolas Garcia, Braydon Gilstrap,  Elijah Harris, Tramillion Henderson, Royce Henthorn, Aaron Hernandez, Adrian Hernandez, Jasmine Hernandez, Matthias Hibberd, Kammie Hill, Tanner Hunt, Tyler Jones, Crimson Lovewell, Tayanna Manrrique, Alex Martinez, Oliver Murillo, Randy Murillo, Moriah Newton, Jer’sean Norris, Hayden Patrick, Alberto Pioquinto, Kenya Polite, Cameron Reese, Heather Rhodes, Justice Rosenbaum, Kaley Rosenbaum,  Camrun Stewart, Joshua Sweeden, Denise Tapia, Honesty Taylor, Lillian Thomas, Sidney Townsend, Jasmine Wakefield, Sylas Ware, Brennon Warren, Zakarreya White,  J. Garrett Willard, and Madison Woodruff.
Sixth grade
All A: Lindsey Aylett, Annabelle Bowman, Misael Cardenas, Jonathan Claiborne, Hayden Clay, Quitavious Collier, Kara Connell, Aly Dixon, Yaira Escamilla, Braden Funderburke, C. Thatcher Furr, J. Kelley Howard, Caroline Kesterson, Anna Linville, Isaiah Martin, Jacob Martin, Matthew McGilberry, Macy Morris, William Pope, Kasia Ragland, Anna Rhodes, M. Connor Stone, Sara Sweat, Brooke Thompson, Chloe Wakley, Victoria Whisenhunt, Ahniya Williamson, and Kasius Williamson.
All A and B: Diego Barragan, Tyler Beene, Tyler Beene, Tyler Berry, Raven Bradshaw, Dalton Brown, Jayda Bryan, Gilberto Bustos, Alexis Byers, Tanaya Coburn, Austin combs, Ashley Davis, Lashonna Dawnta-Cooper, Joshua Deaton, Caiden Erwin, C. Wheeler Eudy, Jonathan Fike, Slade Furr, April Garcia, Jamia Gilliam, Tyler Gordon,  J. Mac Green, Jalyn Hendrix, Lamia Hendrix, Nikobie Janes, Chastin Johnson, Bethany Jones, Kash King, Kailey Laxton, Markus Leedale, Jayden Marlar,  Nicholas Matheny, Itzel Medina, Jennifer Medina-Frias, Jessica Medina-Frias, Noelia Morales, Juan Moreno, Brooklyn Nutt, Katelyn Pace, Kimberly Pineda, Olman Pineda, Litzy Pizarro, Jayden Pope, Raegan Porter, De’Vay Ragland, Marcos Ramirez, Quinlan Reed, Karleigh Reeder, Maya Richard, Braden Ross, Diana Rubio-Hernandez, William Ryan, Joselyn Sanchez, Jasmyne Shelton, Anna Smith, Isbella Smith, Eren Soto,  Lawrence Theoboldt, Trinity Tipton, Landon Tollett, Beverly Vang, Rogelio Vazquez-Violante, Marcus Wester, Ty Wiliams, and Coleman Zimmerman.

Entries sought for 2014 Big Buck Bonanza

The Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking entries for its first-ever Big Buck Bonanza.
There is a $25 entry fee for the contest with cash prizes to include 25 percent of the purse for first place, 15 percent for second place and 10 percent for third place.
Entry forms can be obtained at various businesses in Murfreesboro and City Hall.
The Big Buck Bonanza rules are:
- All whitetails must be legally harvested within the state of Arkansas.
  • Big Buck Bonanza entry form and a valid $25 fee must either be submitted to the MCC or postmarked one day before harvesting of the deer.
  • All hunters wanting their trophy racks to be evaluated must bring them to the Murfreesboro Municipal Building on Saturday, Nov. 29 between 12 noon and 2 p.m.
  • Only deer harvested one day after mailing or submitting completed paid form are eligible for submission.
  • Prizes will be awarded upon completion of judging on Nov. 29
  • Judge’s decision will be final and photographs become the property of the MCC.
    For more information, contact the MCC at (870) 285-3131.


Finally….The Election is Over

By John R. Schirmer
Leader Editor
Because this week’s Leader was printed Tuesday afternoon before the votes were counted, here are some random thoughts about the now-completed (thank heaven) 2014 General Election.
As you can tell, we’re kind of glad it’s over. At least the awful TV commercials are gone. We don’t have to watch them any more, and we don’t have to get news releases from candidates telling us about their wonderful commercials and asking us to write a free story about an ad which they are paying TV stations big bucks to run.
That’s right. We received a host of e-mails touting the brand new TV commercials by certain candidates and asking us to run the news release telling all about the 30- or (horrors) 60-second spot. Note that they didn’t say anything about buying a newspaper ad, only that they wanted free publicity for the big-money TV commercial.
It’s amazing how quickly those e-mails can be deleted. Sometimes, we’ll admit, the sender gets a terse reply along the lines of “Buy a newspaper ad before you ask for a free story about a TV spot costing thousands of dollars.”
We’re happy that there won’t be any more commercials telling us that a vote for …. (fill in the blank) is a vote for Obama. It’s quite an accomplishment for one person to run for different offices in so many states, including Arkansas, but that’s what some wanted voters believe.
Watch TV for five minutes, and you discover that Obama apparently ran for governor, U.S. senator, attorney general, Fourth District Congress and who knows how many other offices in our state alone, much less the rest of the country. Kind of makes you wonder how he could run from job to job in one state, then from state to state to run from job to job.
It’s good for him that he can’t run for re-election as president in 2016. He’d be too tired from all these other campaigns. For somebody who will never be on another election ballot, it certainly seemed like he was on lots of them.
We’re glad we won’t hear more out-of-state commercial narrators warning us that only their candidate can save us from “federal overreach” or, alternately, an “overreaching federal government.”
Oddly enough, the golden-throated announcers didn’t define “federal overreach.”
Did they mean federal loan programs that help thousands of students attend college each year? Did they mean federal highway programs that bring in lots of money and lots of jobs to lots of states? Did they mean federal Pell grants for college? Would they take back the overreaching government’s money for SmartBoards and other forms of technology in the nation’s public schools? Did they mean programs for farmers and assistance to hospitals and law enforcement and ….?
Well, that’s enough. The commercial producers who couldn’t find Arkansas on a map if they had to do so are gone now, along with the money that the campaigns paid them.
One last thing. We’d like to share our reaction to a few comments about our town, “little Nashville,” which appeared in Saturday’s issue of the statewide daily newspaper.
The lead editorial, in case you missed it, endorsed the opponent of Nashville native Nate Steel for attorney general. No surprise there. We’re hard put to remember a time when said paper endorsed a member of Steel’s party.
The surprise came in the references to Steel’s hometown. Noting that Steel had asked his opponent to release details of her state employment, the writer said that “this same Mr. Steel has been in no rush to release details of his own employment as little Nashville’s city attorney.”
We’ll admit to being a bit miffed by the “little Nashville” reference to our town but decided we were being too sensitive and went on to read the remainder of the lengthy document. A long paragraph or so later, the writer allowed as how he is “all in favor of Arkansas’s struggling small towns, those wide places in the road like Nashville and Dardanelle ….”
Okay, so we’re not exactly a big city, and some of us are proud of that. But “struggling”? Funny, but we didn’t know that we were struggling. When the Arkansas Economic Development Commission came to town in 2012, members said it was one of their best visits ever.
Companies considering places in which to locate often look at a town’s other industries, hospitals, schools and churches. Our industries seem to be doing quite well. The main area in which they might be “struggling” is enough finding workers to fill all of their positions. They have been known to bus people in from other locations to work at our plants. Maybe that’s a struggle. If so, it’s a nice one in which to be engaged.
Is our hospital struggling? If we remember correctly, voters approved a small sales tax increase a few years ago to fund a new facility which plenty of other small towns would love to have. Of course, the administration and doctors would like to have more patients, but Howard Memorial is doing quite well. Financial reports have set records in recent months. One new doctor is coming in December. Others are expected to be on the way. One new medical office building has already opened on the HMH campus. Another is set to begin construction shortly. The Private Option has been a great help to this hospital and others in Arkansas. Howard Memorial is rapidly building a reputation as a leader in rural health care.
Churches around town seem to be doing well. A nice new building on the Murfreesboro highway is about to open for one local congregation. Others have also added members and expanded their facilities in recent years. They are involved in numerous projects to make the community a better place. Some of these congregations are new to their work in the area; others have a long history of service and ministry. All appear to take the admonition to “go and teach” seriously.
What about schools? The Nashville School District is about to start on the last phase of a $15-million facilities improvement program. The district added seven classrooms at Nashville High School, constructed a new cafeteria and media center at junior high, renovated the existing high school building and built Scrapper Arena. Bids for the final phase will be opened Thursday. This was all done without a millage increase. In fact, the Nashville district hasn’t had a millage increase in more than 20 years, a tribute to fiscal responsibility on the part of the district’s administrators, school board and teachers.
It might be good for those who don’t understand the rest of the state do a little traveling. They would find people who work together on areas of common interest. They help each other. They don’t always agree, but they’re all still residents of the same “little” towns and do what they can for their neighbors.
Maybe some of those who constantly criticize without offering suggestions for improvement should come pay us a visit. They might find that our “wonderful, small town” has a lot to offer.
And we’re all glad that this election is over.


Dierks’ Jo Ann Walters Elementary School Honor Roll

3rd Grade
Mrs. Harris
All A – Taylor Kelley, Landon Whisenhunt
A-B – Madison Ackley, Grady Banister, Mathew Barbre, Coby Davis, Bryan Hartin, Jessica Hernandez, Kason Jewell, Jake Kight, Maddie Lowery, Madlynn Lundberg, Elijah Martz, Payden Robbins, Tyler Simmons, Harley Whisenhunt
Mrs. Hill
All A – Ally Hogg, Andrew Mack, Sydney Mounts, Carlie Neels, Nathan Roberts, Rustin Simmons, Hayden Stephens, Jaylen Stuard, Corban Wilson
A-B – Kye Tremblay, Jacee Glidewell, Trey Hopkins, Kaylee Russell
4th Grade
Mrs. Smith
All A – Jenna Bray, Emma Gilbert, Lillian Glass, Andrew Hill, Rylan Hill, Caleigh Manning, Kendall Muse, Mackay Smith
A-B –Talon Kappus, D.J. Morris, Brianna Sevier, Sawyer Stapp
Mrs. Stapp
All A – Gavin Bailey, Jackson Fennell, Allison King, Arrionna Stout, Jayda Young
A-B – Kaitlyn Barnes, Qwensea Heifner, Antonio Henson, Zayden Hopkins, Erin Jones, Abagail Mathis, Hunter Morris, Eli Sharp, Kimmi Simmons, Graci Whisenhunt
5th Grade
Mrs. Davis
All A – Tyler Buck, Autumn Greenwood, Darci Jones, Kohl Kersey, Lindsey Martin, Kasyn Turner
A-B – Andrew Boozer, Damian Ward, D.J. Whitmore, Jacob Moore, Kadie Jones, Ema Davis
Mrs. Tolman
All A – Jason Eudy, Kamry Kelley, Austin Mack, Kason Mounts
A-B – Hayden Alexander, Kloe Knighten, Allie Miller, Jordan Neel, Peyton Snider, Chandler Turner, Anna White
6th Grade
Mrs. Feemster
All A – Brayden Buck, Macy Eckert, Kaden Helms, Jaiden Jackson, Kayden Turner, Victoria Vallee
A-B – Jackson Banister, Kalie Delinger, Emily Glass, Andrew Kirby, Emma Strasner
Mrs. McLaughlin
All A – Damion Barbre, Isabella Ethridge, Tyra Fox, Dalton Gibson, Emily Gordon, Kai Oglesby, Taylor Pounds, Amanda Sain, Allison Strasner, Karson Young
A-B – Natalee Adcock, Garrett Greenwood, Connor Humphreys Jasie Miller, Keona Mounts, Brenden Woodall

Mine Creek Revelations: The Good Earth

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
THINGS I LEARNED from opening the mail.
Happy birthday wishes and a snappy hand salute on service branch birthdays:
Nov. 10, 1775 — US Marine Corps.
June 14, 1775 — US Army.
Aug. 4, 1790 — US Coast Guard.
Sept. 18, 1947 — US Air Force.
Dec. 13, 1636 — US Army National Guard.
Oct. 13, 1775 — US Navy. Obviously the most important of the service branch birthdays.
Nov. ??, 2014 — Nashville, Ark., Independent J-Turn Militia.
All of this saluting and military talk reminded that recently, a good ‘ol Army boy, Scott Millward, brought this real-old Sailor some wood for the firepit.
“Just say it’s from one veteran to another veteran,” Scott commented as he lay the last stick on the pile.
And this also reminds me that on Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, there will be a ceremony at the monument on the courthouse lawn in Nashville. Other places are planning veteran events, too.
THE GOOD EARTH. For the first time since I planted it about five years ago, the Flowering Quince in my side yard has a bunch of lovely red blooms in the fall. Out of ignorance I used to say that the plant was Japonica which was wrong, of course. Japonica is a completely different plant.
Robert Nannemann got me a Flowering Quince and I followed his instructions for planting.
It has bloomed before, but only in the spring.
Flowering Quince has fallen a bit out of favor because some kind of fungus makes the leaves fall off soon after they have emerged in the spring. The plant itself is hardy, though,and it obviously doesn’t need leaves. You see them often at old homesites and in cemeteries. Jimmy Dale says that people used to plant them beside forsythia (Yellowbells) because of pleasant yellow/red alteration of color in the spring.
Also blooming — and smelling heavenly to high heaven — are my yard’s three Cape Jasmine bushes. Sometimes called Gardenias. Never called Japonica.
IT’S NOT WORKING. I don’t know what the district court or the city of Nashville is doing to educate the public about J-Turns but I have to say: IT’S NOT WORKING!!
There. I said it again.
The court began forgiving J-Turn offenses a few weeks ago after hearing from the police chief that the public wasn’t aware that it is against the law to turn across traffic into a parking spot in downtown Nashville (the Central Business District). The mayor was in apparent agreement. So they met with the judge and softened the policy.
The first few offenders who got tickets were awarded fines and court costs amounting to about $145.
After hearing from the cops and the city, the judge began forgiving offenders. Now, if you get a ticket for making a J-Turn, you still must make a District Court appearance but you will not be fined. If you do not show up for court you’ll have to pay the fine.
Then, if you foolishly make another J-Turn and get caught, you’ll have to pay the fine for BOTH offenses.
So when will the warning season come to an end?
My opinion is that there is not even a tiny risk that you will get caught making a J-Turn.
My question: Who and how are ‘we’ educating drivers NOT to make J-Turns between the Post Office and the railroad tracks?
Whatever ‘we’ are doing isn’t working.
I see about a half-dozen J-Turns every day.
I’m not just going to wait around for ‘we’ to do something.
I am forming my own J-Turn Militia. So what if the mayor won’t deputize me? So what if the State of Arkansas won’t renew my concealed sidearm permit? So what if I’ve already outgrown the swell Army-Navy Surplus camo uniform I acquired at my own expense? So what if I don’t have a genuine badge?
So what?
Me and my militia will begin giving out tickets real soon. And there will be very, very few warning tickets given. In fact, I am the ONLY member of the J-Turn Militia authorized to give warning tickets.
THINGS I LEARNED from listening to my barber.
‘Baby’ shampoo isn’t the mildest. In fact, it’s strong so that it can help get rid of an infant’s “Cradle Cap,” whatever that is.
It’s the additives that make other shampoos strong.
I’ve learned many things from listening to my barber. Unfortunately, I cannot repeat much of that stuff here.
Another of my worthless observations that, these days, the cradle cap is worn backwards. Even by infants.
FIREBALL FRIDAY. Anybody else see great, bright meteor at about 7:09 Friday night? I can’t find anything about it at the usual skywatching news sources, but it was one of the best meteors I’ve ever seen.


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: “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.” Ann Landers, ‘advice’ columnist

Obituaries (Week of Nov. 3, 2014)

Marika Hess Bearden
Maria “Oma” Hess Bearden, 82, of Dierks, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at her home.
She was born to the late Friedrich and Mathilde Ronninger Hess in Rodelsee, Germany, on Dec. 4, 1931.
She immigrated to the United States in 1960 to wed the love of her life, Chesla A. Bearden, whom she met while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Gregor and Ferdinand Hess.
Survivors include: her husband of 54 years, Chesla A. Bearden, a daughter, Relinda Ruth of Dierks; two sons, Randy  and Carole Bearden of Ashdown, and Rocky and Frieda Bearden of Valliant, Okla.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildre.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Jerry Brazeal officiating. Burial followed in Hickory Grove Cemetery.
There was a visitation Saturday, Nov. 1 at the funeral home in Dierks.
Register on-line wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
Wayne Drummond Pruitt
Wayne Drummond Pruitt died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in hospice at St. Vincent’s in Hot Springs. Born Oct. 23, 1928, to parents Callie Morgan Pruitt and Joseph Melton Pruitt in Duncan, Okla., Wayne graduated from Duncan High School in 1946 and from Oklahoma  A&M (now Oklahoma State University) with a degree in forestry in 1950. Wayne achieved Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America; in 1943 he was a camper at Philmont Scout Ranch and for three summers during college worked at Philmont as a ranch hand.
He served in the U. S. Army from 1950-1952. A longtime resident of Murfreesboro, Ark., he was a member of the Murfreesboro First United Methodist Church. Also a member of the Murfreesboro Lion’s Club, Wayne had perfect attendance at Club meetings for more than 26 years and served the club in most every officer capacity. In 1983 he was named the “Citizen  of the Decade” by the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce for his many volunteer acts in the community. He organized the Boy’s Baseball Association in the late 1950’s soon after moving to the area. Mr. Pruitt retired from a 35 year career with International Paper Company in 1985. Wayne, an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, also loved quail hunting. He made many happy trips out in the west hiking, camping and fishing his way through New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Joe Morgan Pruitt of Duncan Okla.; his sister, Vernelle Pruitt of Houston, Texas; and his son, Joseph Morgan Pruitt.
He is survived by two daughters, Sarah Pruitt Campbell and husband, Richard, of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary Sue Pruitt of Knoxville, Tenn. He also leaves two grandsons, Andrew Templeton and wife, Amanda, of Chicago, Ill., and Thomas Campbell of Charlotte, N.C.
Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at the First Methodist Church in Murfreesboro with Bro.Bruce Short officiating. Burial followed in Murfreesboro Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro. Visitation was before the service in the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to “Memorial Fund” at First United Methodist Church, 403 2nd Avenue, Murfreesboro, AR 71958.
You may send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Morris
Thomas “Tommy” Morris, 53, of Delight died Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.


Scrapper senior makes verbal commitment to Razorbacks

LaMichael Pettway

Scrapper senior LaMichael Pettway has verbally committed to play for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.
Pettway attended Saturday’s Arkansas win over UAB in Fayetteville. He met with Coach Bret Bielema around 10 a.m. Sunday and announced his decision to attend Arkansas.
“Good for him. I’m proud of him,” Coach Billy Dawson said.
Pettway made a verbal commitment to Ole Miss earlier in the year before de-committing.
He had offers from 12 or 13 schools, Dawson said.
For the season, Pettway has caught 29 passes for 497 yards and 12 touchdowns. He’s also run the ball for a TD and has 3 other scores, including an interception return for a touchdown last week against Mena. Pettway also has 63 rushing yards.
Pettway has seen playing time on defense, where he’s recorded 20 tackles and 8 assists. He’s made 5 interceptions and has 4 pass deflections.

Area football scores, Friday’s games

The Mineral Springs Hornets picked up their first win of the season last week, a 44-25 homecoming win over the Foreman Gators. The Hornets will travel to Lafayette County to face the 4-1, 6-2 Cougars, who are currently in third place in the Class 2A-7 standings.
The Dierks Outlaws (2-3, 5-3) will try to rebound this week after being beat, 46-8, by the Mount Ida Lions (5-0, 7-1), who are sitting atop the Class 2A-7 standings. It is homecoming in Dierks this week and the Outlaws, who are tied for fourth place with the Murfreesboro Rattlers, will face the Spring Hill Bears (0-5, 0-7-1).
The Murfreesboro Rattlers (2-3, 5-3) are coming off a 30-6 win over the Spring Hill Bears and will travel to Foreman to take on the Gators (1-4, 3-5). The Rattlers are tied with the Outlaws for fourth place while the Gators are sitting in fifth place.
The Nashville Scrappers (7-1, 4-1) will host Malvern (6-2, 4-1). The Scrappers are coming off a 35-7 win over the Mena Bearcats.

Pike County student killed by SUV after exiting school bus

By John Balch
Leader staff
A Kirby seventh-grader died from injuries sustained Monday afternoon when she was hit by a vehicle after getting off the school bus, according to the Arkansas State Police.
Jazmin Hernandez, 12, died at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock where she was air-lifted following the accident.
The accident happened on Highway 70 around 3:25 p.m.
ASP Trooper Benjamin Harrison reported an eastbound Kirby School District bus was stopped and unloading students with all its emergency lights and signals activated at the time of the accident. A 2001 Ford Explorer failed to yield to the bus and struck Hernandez as she crossed the highway.
The trooper’s initial report did not include who was driving the Explorer but the ASP later issued a news release identifying the driver as Dwight L. Moody, 88, of Delight. Moody’s 84-year-old wife was a passenger in the Explorer.
An investigative report prepared by the ASP was submitted Wednesday to Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Chesshir of Nashville who is currently reviewing the report. Chesshir is expected to meet with the Hernandez family Monday. 

Pike County in mix to be site of new state prison

By John Balch
Leader staff
A proposal to build a new maximum-security state prison has drawn the interest of several counties and cities, including Pike County, looking to be the location of the $100 million facility.
Pike County was among the 16 entities which have submitted paperwork to the Arkansas Department of Correction to become the home of the proposed state prison, according to Dina Tyler, ADC spokesperson.
Along with Pike County, those answering “request for expression of interest-site evaluation” questionnaires before the Oct. 24 deadline include:
Scott County, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, Cross County Chamber of Commerce, City of Arkadelphia and Clark County, White River Planning and Development, Newport Economic Development Commission, City of Marshall (Searcy County), City of Pindall (Searcy County), City of Augusta, Mississippi County Economic Development, Prescott-Southwest Arkansas Development Alliance, Hempstead County Economic Development Commission, City of Camden, City of Booneville and Prairie County.
Tyler told The Nashville Leader Monday afternoon it is “entirely possible some (paperwork) could have been mailed Friday” and had not yet been received, but would be accepted if they are postmarked by Oct. 24.

Pike County Judge Baker said Monday he was assisted by the West Arkansas Planning and Development District in filling out the questionnaire, which seeks information about the county’s labor and proposed site profiles, environmental considerations and infrastructure, such as distances to the nearest interstate, major highways, major airports and higher educational facilities.

Judge Baker said he also included a letter detailing the proposed benefits for the five surrounding counties and letters from the mayors of Glenwood and Murfreesboro stating the cities’ intent to provide water and sewer services to the proposed sites.

The new jail proposal will require at least 400 acres of land. The proposed sites in Pike County include privately-owned and corporate lands north of Murfreesboro in an area commonly known as the Valley of the Kings as well as land in Glenwood located in the Glenwood Industrial Park.

“We’ve done what was asked of us, now we’re just waiting to hear back from the state,” Baker told the newspaper Monday.

Tyler said “there is no real timeframe” concerning picking the home for the new jail and since there has been no decision reached about how to fund the proposal, “They don’t have to rush.”

The Arkansas Legislature will determine how to fund the proposed jail. The next session does not start until January. “So, if (the Legislature) decide to fund it, that could be any time toward the end of the session” in March or April.

The new 1,000-bed prison is expected to create at least 250 new jobs with an hourly salary of $12.75, and have an expected annual operating budget of $38 million. The Arkansas Board of Correction has stated in the past that the new prison will house some of the most difficult inmates in the state and extra space will be set aside for at least 200 single-cell isolation units. The proposed jail would also allow for the site to be expanded to 2,000 beds.

The new prison, which is expected to take up to three years to build, could assist the state with overcrowding issues. Senator Larry Teague wrote in the past that “prison overcrowding is an issue that legislators and the Correction Department have had to cope with for years.” He noted that an earlier special session resulted in an additional $6.3 million a year to open 60 more prison beds.

“The Arkansas inmate population is more than 17,000 and growing,” Teague recently stated. “One reason for a recent growth spurt is that prison officials tightened parole policies. Now, inmates who are out of prison on parole must comply with stricter rules about reporting to parole officers and attending court-ordered drug treatment and counseling.”

An Department of Community Correction report noted the state’s prison population increased 17.7 percent in 2013 and was the highest single-year jump in state history. The national rate showed a 2.2 percent increase in the number of prisoners last year.

Chairman of Arkansas Board of Correction Benny Magness was recently quoted as saying the state prison system has projected a growth of “an average of 35 (prisoners) per month, and we’re actually growing at 50 per month. By 2017, we’ll have 19,144 prisoners. By the time we could build a new prison, we’ll be 4,000 beds in the hole. If that doesn’t change, we’re sinking.”

Teague said one possible source of funding the new jail, if approved by lawmakers, would be an increase in license plate fees, which would create revenue to finance a bond issue.

Howard County tax collection lag; officials expect to see rebound

By Louie Graves
Leader staff
Delinquent real estate taxes aren’t anything new for deputy collector Olena Morris in her 34 years in the courthouse.
But collections for 2013 taxes which were due Oct. 15, are lagging about a half-million behind. The county is charged with collecting almost $8 million this year. The gap between the amount due and the amount actually collected is “a whole lot more than it’s ever been,” Morris said Monday.
The difference in 2013 was about $300,000.
The gap is typically narrowed the most when property owners try to renew their driver’s licenses. They must pay their taxes before they can renew the license.
Of the real taxes collected, 88% goes to schools. In addition, via state sales taxes Arkansas collects a “Homestead Credit” which comes back to the county to be distributed to schools, library, county roads and county general funds. That amount for 2014 is $989,431.22.
Property taxes charged for recent years include:
2013 — $6,467,482.32
2012 — 6,228,482.93
2011 — 6,262,601.10
2010 — 5,847,650.223
2009 — 5,717,895.18
The gap between collections and charges was a topic last week at the October meeting of the County Judge Kevin Smith said that the gap was an item for some concern, although he wasn’t really worried. “We’ll get the money.”
County Judge Kevin Smith said that the gap was an item for some concern, although he wasn’t really worried. “We’ll get the money.”
JP Brent Pinkerton, who represents Nashville District 1, said that the delinquent taxes would most likely have an effect when 2015 budgets are formed. Pinkerton, a JP for 18 years, has been on the quorum court’s budget committee for most of those years. He said he knew that the lagging money would come in eventually. “It’s more of a cash flow problem.”
County Treasurer Sherri Mixon said that she had already begun collecting information to be used in forming the next budget.


Race for Arkansas AG enters backstretch for Nashville attorney

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
For Nate Steel of Nashville, the campaign for Attorney General which began on the lawn of the Howard County Courthouse is in the home stretch.
With the Nov. 4 General Election less than a week away, Steel says the campaign is “going very well. I’ve been humbled by the support we have received from all over the state, from both individuals and businesses.”
Steel, a Democrat, announced his candidacy on July 10, 2013.
Since then, “It has been a roller coaster,” Steel said of the campaign. “I’ve said several times that you find out who your friends are when you take on a state-wide effort like this. My community has been unbelievable. From my immediate family, to my co-workers, to those in local government and area businesses, I’ve been amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support. I couldn’t be more proud to be a Scrapper.”
Steel’s background includes a lengthy list of family members who have held numerous legal and political positions going back for decades. In his campaign, family members have “played just about every role, from helping keep my home and office together in my absence, to every campaign duty imaginable. I am blessed to have such committed family. Not just parents and my sister, but cousins, aunts and uncles; it’s been a group effort.”
Steel said the most enjoyable part of the campaign has been “meeting people and discussing policies that make a real difference in our communities. It’s always interesting to meet new people from around the state. Their experiences are not all that different from ours in Howard County, but I love to hear how they’re dealing with issues. You can learn a lot from that.”
On the other side, the least favorite aspect has been “without question, fund-raising. Unfortunately, raising the funds to buy ads is a necessary part of the process, but there is nothing worse than asking friends and colleagues for help.”
The campaign has placed Steel on the stage with a number of legendary political figures in Arkansas, including former President Bill Clinton, who has made two campaign swings through the state on behalf of Democratic candidates.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people through this process, and President Clinton is certainly one of them. The one thing that jumped out at me during the process was that he is the last Southwest Arkansas native to be elected Attorney General. That was in 1977. So, as I told the crowd in Hope, I think it’s our turn again,” Steel said.
Steel’s opponents include Republican Leslie Rutledge and Libertarian Aaron Cash. The three met in a debate last July at the Arkansas Press Association convention in Hot Springs. Because Cash is a third-party candidate, Rutledge is generally considered to be Steel’s chief opponent.
Much of Rutledge’s campaign has been spent promising to fight “federal overreach.”
Steel says the “job of the AG is to enforce the law and protect people. There is no Republican or Democrat way to do that, just good and bad ways to do it. The main differences in this race are our experience and focus. Ms. Rutledge’s experiences and mine are vastly different.”
Steel said he came straight back home after law school at the University of Arkansas “and worked in my community, both as a lawyer and as a volunteer with several organizations. As a prosecutor in Howard County, I handled felony cases and saw a little bit of everything. Ms. Rutledge practiced in Little Rock and Washington, D.C. There is nothing wrong with those differences in experience, but they have certainly led to different areas of expertise and focus. While I plan to concentrate on state issues, from our prison overcrowding problem to child support and veterans’ issues, Ms. Rutledge focuses on national politics. I would imagine that is a result of our differing experiences in Nashville, Ark., and Washington, D.C., respectively.”
During the campaign, Steel has received endorsements from law enforcement organizations in Arkansas and from the National Rifle Association, the Arkansas Education Association and the Arkansas Realtors, among others. “Regardless of party or part of the state, the encouragement and support has been overwhelming, and I couldn’t be more grateful,” he said.
Steel began the last full week of the campaign by voting Monday at the Howard County Courthouse. From there, “The calendar is booked with events all over the state, including Fayetteville, Rogers, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Batesville and El Dorado, just to name a few.”
Steel said he “knew that Nashville would play a big part in this campaign; that’s why I made my formal announcement at our courthouse. I’ve always believed that Nashville is a special place, and traveling the state has just reinforced that.
“What has been surprising is how the people of Nashville have taken such a personal stake in this race. I’ve heard from people that never cared much for politics, but they’ve looked at what’s at stake, and they’ve heard my opponents, and they just want to help,” Steel said.
“I meet people all over the state who tell me they had a friend from Howard County who reached out to them and encouraged them to help me. That means more than I could ever say. By far, the biggest downside of a victory in this race will be spending so much time in Little Rock, away from the community that I love.”


Obituaries (Week of Oct. 27, 2014)

William Wesley
‘Bill’ Fritts
William Wesley “Bill” Fritts, 67 of Nashville, Ark., died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 in Nashville. He was born July 5, 1947, in Garnett, Kan., the son of the late Harold and Mabell Young Fritts. He was the owner of The Agency Real Estate Company in Nashville. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He was also an avid sports fan.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Valerie Fritts, and a son, Brent Fritts.
Survivors include: his son, Brett Fritts of Russellville, Ark.; his sister, Sharon Westfall of Nashville; also two grandsons.
He was cremated, and private services will be at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the charity of choice in his memory. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com
Travis Dale Vineyard
Travis Dale Vineyard, 77, of Nashville died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born Sept. 8, 1937, in Litton, Miss., the son of the late Jess and Faye Vineyard.
He was a master electrician for 37 years, and was a member of Biggs Chapel Methodist Church near the Nathan community where he led music. His hobbies were hunting ad his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeri Gant Vineyard in 2012.
Survivors include: a son, Allen Vineyard and wife, Andrea, of Nashville, Ark.; two daughters, Toni Brady and husband, Steve, of Houston, Texas; and Ramona Scott and husband, Kelly, of Nashville, Ark.; a brother, Billy Bob Vineyard, of Greenville, Miss.; also nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The family will be gathering at the home of Allen Vineyard on Friday, Oct. 31, from 3-7. The address is 158 Dildy Rd., Nashville, Ark. For directions call 557-3477.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m., at Biggs Chapel Methodist Church near Nathan with Bro. Al Terrell officiating.
James Theo
‘Shorty’ Flaherty
James Theo (Shorty) Flaherty, age 98, of Nashville, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at his home.
He was born March 2, 1916 in the Boughton Community, Nevada County, Ark., to Walter Edwin and Mamie Beulah Ursery Flaherty. Mr. Flaherty was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Ruth Lee Daniel Flaherty.
Mr. Flaherty was a loving, supportive husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He devoted himself to taking care of his family. He was a member of Crosspoint Cowboy Church.
He was always proud to serve his country in any way that was presented to him. He was drafted into the Army in 1941and served four years in the South Pacific Theatre of WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945. He received an AP Service ribbon, two bronze stars, a good conduct medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and an American Defense Service ribbon. After being discharged, he continued to serve his country by working at a military arsenal.
He retired from Nashville Case Shear Plant. He also enjoyed farming, gardening, and animal trading.
Mr. Flaherty is survived by: his wife of 21 years, Cherry Mae; a son, Lavon Flaherty (Jean Ann); and daughter, Nita Sue Epton (Harold B.); step-children Donald Thompson (Brenda) and Sue Cornwell (Lewis); his grandchildren Kim Ainsworth (Donnie), Brent Flaherty (Stephanie), Cynthia Bailey (Brant), and Andi Spurling (Bryan); great grandchildren Amber, Josh, Kailey, Haley, Anna Kay, Emalea, Ty, Tate, and Tynlee; and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters — Robert Edwin Flaherty, Reo Flaherty, Felice Flaherty, Irene Linam, Willie Belle Hoover, Doris McFarland, and Winnie Sweat.
Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 at Nashville Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.     Graveside services were at Avery’s Chapel Cemetery near McCaskill on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. Don Jones presiding. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.
Memorials may be made to the Cross Point Cowboy Church or to Avery’s Chapel Cemetery.
Tammy Jo Manasco Pitchford
Mrs. Tammy Jo Manasco Pitchford, age 55, a resident of Dierks, Ark., died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, at her home.
She was born Feb. 21, 1959 in De Queen. She and her husband were the owners and operators of Calvin’s Steam Cleaning. She was a member of the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church and loved to garden.
Mrs. Pitchford was preceded in death by her parents, Doyce and Loree Flournoy Manasco; one sister, Ramona Jean Manasco; her mother and father-in-law, E.B. (Jody) and Rose Mae Pitchford and three brothers-in-law, Coy Pitchford, Elmer Ray Pitchford and Kenneth Culp.
She is survived by her husband, Calvin Pitchford; one son and daughter-in-law, Damon Lee and Leah Pitchford; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lindsey Marie Pitchford and Mackenzie Caitlin and Jacob Dinger all of Dierks; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Gayle and Hoyt Adcock and Marilyn Culp all of De Queen, Charlotte and Jim Reed of Marshfield, Mo., and Julie and Roy Pitchford of Dierks; one granddaughter, Kinley Mae; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Caroline and Hayes Halcombe of Dierks; many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; a special uncle, Minor Ray Goodman and special family friends, Ashley, Stacy and Bryar Janes.
Funeral services for Mrs. Pitchford were at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, at Geneva Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Travis Lane officiating.  Burial followed in the Mt. Ida Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
Donalyn Williams
Donalyn Williams, age 54 of Nashville, Ark.,, passed away, Sunday Oct. 26, 2014 in Nashville. She was born Nov. 17, 1959 in Labelle, Fla., to the late Dr. Jack and Sandra (Sandy) Sayre Williams. She was a client of the Howard County Children’s Center in Nashville. She loved helping on her family’s farm and being with all of her friends at the Center. She loved to visit and never met a stranger. Donalyn  also loved to cook and play words with friends’ game.
Donalyn was preceded in death by her parents; 4 brothers, Steve, Lee, Mark and Hank Williams. She was the last of her immediate family.
Her survivors include her cousins, Sharon Goren of Kissimmee, Fla., Diane Garcia of Puntagorda, Fla., and Batya Goren of New York.
Also, all of her friends at the Children’s Center, including the staff; as well as many other friends in the surrounding community.
A visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home.
She will then be laid to rest by her family in Florida later in the week.
Dorothy C. Swain
Dorothy C. Swain, 89, of Nashville, died Thursday, Oct.23, 2014.
She was born July 24, 1925 in Jackson, Miss., to the late Howard C. Caillouet and Edvige G. Caillouet.
She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James B. Swain, Sr.
Survivors include: her son, Jimmy Swain of Warren, Ark.; two daughters, Claudine Oswalt of Greenville, Miss., and Princess Ward of Nashville; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at Restland Memorial Park in Nashville under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.
You may send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.

Mine Creek Revelations: Monarch Journey

By Louie Graves
One critter I do love is the Monarch Butterfly, and I regret to tell you that I’ve seen very few of them this year. They are now supposed to be migrating through our area.
Last week an article in the ‘Texarkana Gazette’ said that there has been a serious loss of habitat along the route of their annual migration to Mexico, and butterfly-observers are worried.
Monarchs fly ‘back’ to Mexico, mate and then return north to have chillins and die.
An article in the ‘Arkansas Democrat Gazette’ suggests that butterfly lovers plant ‘milkweed’ which the article said is the only thing Monarchs will eat. Somebody tell me how to plant milkweed and if-or-where I can get seed. Oh, yeah, if there’s a downside to having a bunch of milkweed in your landscaping please let me know.
The rhythms of nature reassure me of the hand of the Almighty.
IT HAS BEEN a typical Arkansas late October. In the morning you need to wear your insulated camo coveralls, and by noon you can go skinnydipping.
MANY OF US lost a hero last week when Bill Fritts died.
I’m not sure how long he battled cancer — he just didn’t talk or complain about it. But, I know he fought for maybe two decades. He was also a hero to my late wife, and Jane often reminded herself of Bill’s enduring positive nature when she was having her own struggles with the disease. He inspired her.
This is my lasting mental picture of Bill Fritts. Ramrod straight and muscular. Courageous. Grinning and sharing good humor even when he must have felt terrible, or if he was under assault again from this relentless enemy.
The very way he lived his life inspired us all, and we should not forget him. I hope you’ll join me in remembering him with a luminary at our community’s 2015 Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Peace to his family, and thanks to the Almighty for putting such people among us.
Last year, the principal at my granddaughter’s elementary school in Maumelle was a very polished young woman named Yolanda Thomas. We knew her here as Lynn Coulter, a NHS cheerleader from Center Point. I visit with her mom, Doris, when I go out to Center Point for a Red Cross blood drive.
This year, my granddaughter’s EAST Lab instructor at the middle school is Mary Ann ‘Candy’ Yates Riggan, who has roots at Center Point and is first cousin to retired police chief Larry Yates, and therefore is related to all of the Center Point Yateseseseses. Her dad was Haskell Yates.
JUST A FEW DAYS after his birthday, another product of Center Point, NHS grad Ken Bissell, announced the official launch of his first book, “Many Sons To Glory – The John Prock Story.” Ken’s book is about the inspiring life of late Harding University head football coach, John Prock, who was there from 1964-87. You can order the book by going to www.manysonstoglory.com.
Ken was my sports editor when we worked at another Nashville newspaper. He has his dream job, nowadays. He’s at Harding U., a place he always loved, and he is in the working media, a place for which he was well-fitted.
I modestly take a lot of credit for his development.
ON A SATURDAY drive up around Cossatot River Park and back, the Navigator and I stopped at the old ‘Lost’ Ralls-Brown Cemetery which is down a dusty lane on a hillside back in the piney woods off Mineola Road near Umpire. I wanted to show her the grave of Nathaniel Ralls who died in 1875. He was a veteran of the Black Hawk Indian Wars, serving in a regiment of Illinois volunteers which put down that uprising. The grave has a new bronze marker furnished by a Texas family member who re-discovered and fixed up the small old graveyard.
One of Ralls’ fellow soldiers in Regiment VI was a lanky guy named Abraham Lincoln.
On the aforementioned trip we stopped for awhile at the closed low-water bridge at Ed Banks Access. We had to sit in the shade because, even though it was late October, the sun was quite warm. There were just a few people camped nearby. We could hear them singing and playing a guitar sometimes when the wind didn’t ruffle the leaves too much.
We visited with a park ranger, and stayed until flights of gnats ran us off. We left and drove along more narrow gravel roads from there to the Brushy Creek Access upriver closer to Wickes. That place was also nearly deserted, and had lots of shade. No gnats.
“It’s amazing how many Arkansans don’t even know these beautiful places exist,” the Nav said. True.
HE SAID: “That’s the irony in the work: the best stories are the worst things that happen. My best times were somebody else’s worst.” Michael Connelly, crime novelist. (Michael Connelly is my favorite living author. I qualify that by noting I haven’t read Ken Bissell’s book, yet.)
SHE SAID: “The culture used to move relatively slowly, so you could take aim. Now it moves so fast, and is so fluffy and meaningless, you feel like an idiot even complaining about it.” Susan Faludi, author

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