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The winner of the city of
Bryant Volunteer of the Year
award and four other nominees
were named during the Bryant
City Council meeting Thursday
night.
Ray Lancaster was named
Volunteer of the Year.
“It is his dedication and com-
passion that has made such a dif-
ference to so many people at the
center,” Mayor Jill Dabbs said.
“He inspires an overall sense
of belonging with his caring, his
smile and the sincere effort to
ensure the senior center partici-
pants have a better day,” Dabbs
said. “Ray Lancaster is one of
those rare people that you meet,
and your day just seems to have
been a bit better when you walk
away.”
Other nominees for the award
were also recognized.
Darcy Crowson was nominated
for her work with the Bryant
Police Department. With her ded-
ication, she has helped to make
the department’s community
events and outreach programs
bigger and better each year,
Dabbs said.
David Hannah is involved
with the Bryant Chamber of
Commerce and is also a member
of the Bryant Rotary Club.
“He is the first one there —
last one to leave — and has a 110
percent attitude that sets him
apart from many,” Dabbs said.
Don Botsford was nominated
for his work with the Bryant
Animal Shelter. With his help,
cat adoptions have increased by
more than 12 percent, Dabbs
said.
Alan Saffle, a Scoutmaster for
Boy Scout Troop 17 in Bryant,
leads more than 40 children.
A Benton woman has been charged
with negligent homicide in connection
with the death of her 6-year-old child.
Last June, Elizabeth Lyons and her
three children were involved
in a single-car accident on
Arkansas 5 South.
Lyons’ vehicle reportedly
left the roadway. Police said
she over-corrected three
times before she losing con-
trol, causing the vehicle to
flip over. The vehicle then
struck two trees. During the accident,
Lyons’ 6-year-old child was ejected from
the vehicle, according to an affidavit from
Investigator Aaron Parsons of the Saline
County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The child reportedly was sitting in the
left rear passenger seat, but that could not
be confirmed, Parsons wrote.
The child died several days later at the
Arkansas Children’s Hospital as a result of
her injuries from the accident, authorities
said.
During the investigation, officers
located “a green, leafy substance and two
metal smoking pipes with burned residue”
inside the vehicle, according to an official
statement.
Officials of the Arkansas Crime
Laboratory reported that the substance
tested positive for marijuana, and a blood
sample submitted by Lyons tested positive
for two types of pain relievers, a central
nervous system depressant and marijuana.
“Each of these controlled substances
affects a person’s ability to safely oper-
ate a motor vehicle,” Parsons wrote. “If
Elizabeth was not under the influence of
illegal narcotics at the time of the traffic
accident, she would have no reason to
conceal the fact that she took the narcot-
ics, and the blood test would not show a
positive test result of the drugs being pres-
ent in her blood.”
When Lyons appeared before Judge
Mike Robinson, she entered a not guilty
plea. She is scheduled to appear in court
at 9 a.m. on March 10.
Lyons is currently jailed at the Saline
County Detention Center under a $50,000
bond, according to the Saline County
Sheriff’s Office inmate roster.
Lyons
A North Little
Rock man was
arrested Wednesday
after he was involved
in a roll-over accident
that included inju-
ries.
Marc Sheely, 32,
reportedly told officers that he
swerved to avoid an accident and
then lost control of his vehicle.
He was taken to Saline Memorial
Hospital following the incident.
“Upon further investigation, it
was determined that Sheely was
possibly under the influence of
illegal narcotics at the time of the
accident,” said Lt. Kevin Russell,
Benton Police Department
spokesperson.
After Sheely was released from
the hospital, he was arrested on
several charges, including driving
while intoxicated, refusal to sub-
mit to a chemical test, possession
of a controlled substance with
intent to deliver, drug parapher-
nalia, careless driving, driving on
a suspended license, no proof of
liability insurance, and for being
named in active warrants from
other departments, Russell said.
Sheely’s bond was set at
$5,000, according to the Saline
County Sheriff’s Office inmate
roster.
Sheely
It’s spaghetti time in Benton and
members of Golden “K” Kiwanis
Club are seeking donations to
assist the club with the annual Bob
Herzfeld Memorial Spaghetti Day
fundraiser.
The event is scheduled Tuesday,
March 11, at the First Baptist
Church Family Life Center on River
Street in Benton.
Two serving sessions are planned
for the event. Lunch will be served
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner
will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Take-
out meals will be available.
Ron Jones, president of the club,
said the organization is seeking
community support.
“Any donation will be greatly
appreciated,” Jones said.
He pointed out that donations are
tax-deductible since the club is a
501(c)(3) organization.
“All profits go to support pro-
grams that will benefit the children
of Benton, Saline County and the
world,” he said.
He noted that the organization
supports the following projects and
organizations:
•Backpack Program of the
Ralph Bunche Community Action
Committee; Boys & Girls Club of
Saline County; Boys &
Girls Club of Bryant; Imagination
Library; I CAN! Dance program of
East End.
•Easter egg hunt at the Saline
County Courthouse; Family Farm
scholarships; Jerry’s Kids for
Christmas project; children’s educa-
tional programs of the Benton police
and fire departments; scholarship
programs; and Spook City spon-
sored by the Downtown Merchants
Association.
Sponsors at various levels are
contributing to the event, Jones
noted.
Gold Sponsors contribute $500;
Silver Sponsors contribute $250; and
Bronze Sponsors contribute $125.
In-kind sponsors also are assist-
ing the fundraiser, Jones said.
“We appreciate and encourage
any support we receive for this
event,” he added.
The Spaghetti Day fundraiser is
named for Bob Herzfeld, who was
an active member of the club and
routinely participated in the annual
project.
LYNDA HOLLENBECK/The Saline Courier
Preparing for the Golden “K” Kiwanis Club’s annual Bob Herzfeld Memorial Spaghetti Day are, from left, Ron Jones, president
of the club; Rodney Goshien, vice president; Phil Miller, Spaghetti Day chief and co-chairman; Jim Gardner, president-elect; and
Clark Hopper, past president. Secretary-Treasurer Jerry Ponder was absent for the picture.
Man arrested after rollover accident
By Sarah Perry
sderouen@bentoncourier.com
By Sarah Perry
sderouen@bentoncourier.com
By Lynda Hollenbeck
lyndahol@yahoo.com
Golden ‘K’ is readying to serve
Mayor names Bryant Volunteer of the Year
By Sarah Perry
sderouen@bentoncourier.com
Special to The Saline Courier
Ray Lancaster accepts the Volunteer of the Year award from Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs and Alderman Steve Gladden
Saline County residents
are continuing to filed as can-
didates for county offices for
the May preferential primary
election.
According to the Saline
County Clerk’s website, two
additional candidates filed
Friday. They include:
•Burt Prickett, District 2
Constable (Republican).
•Mike Creekmore, District
11 Justice of the Peace
(Republican).
The filing period continues
until noon Monday, March 3.
Filing for offices in Saline
County is being conducted
at the “Vote Here” build-
ing on North Main Street in
Downtown Benton, directly
across the street from the
county courthouse.
Filing for nonpartisan judi-
cial positions and state offices
is done at the secretary of
state’s office at the Capitol in
Little Rock..
The preferential pri-
mary election will take place
Tuesday, May 20.
Negligent homicide
charges filed after
car accident results
in childs death
SALINE COUNTY
WEATHER FORECAST
SUNDAY: Rain likely in the
morning. With possible
showers in the afternoon.
Highs in the mid 50s.
SINDAY NIGHT: Occasional
rain in the evening. Lows in
the upper 20s.
MONDAY: Partly sunny.
Colder. Highs in the 30s.
MONDAY NIGHT: Partly
cloudy. Lows in the low 20s.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny.
Highs in the lower 40s.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly
sunny. Highs in the low 40s.
Filings continue
for county posts;
deadline to file is
noon Monday
By Lynda Hollenbeck
lyndahol@yahoo.com
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Courier photo
Bryan Parker, six-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Parker of Benton, holds up his frog which was
selected as the largest frog in competition at the “Good Time Jamboree”
Feb. 20-26
Divorces Granted
•Heather Lawrence v.
Matthew Lawrence.
•Cody Brady v. Valerie
Brady.
•Kimberly Howell v.
Michael Howell.
•William Sampson Jr. v.
Julia Sampson.
•Shadi Khamis v.
Amanda Khamis.
*Seth Bailey v. Cassandra
Bailey.
•Rosalind McNeal v.
Charles McNeal.
Marriage
Licenses Issued
•Brandon Charles
Mayernick of Little Rock
and Olivia Joy Yelland of
Little Rock.
•Richard Burton Pringle
of Benton and Kimberly
Leigh Rice of Benton.
•Robert Lynn McBrier of
Little Rock and Cecilia Lynn
Hartness of Little Rock.
•Joseph Brent Webster
of Alexander and Kimberly
Dawn Lee of Alexander.
•Joshua Adam Cagle of
Mabelvale and Felicia Nicole
Yates of Mabelvale.
•Stephen Paul Hill of
Benton and Holly Brooke
McNulty of Benton.
•Kimihiro Billy Young Jr.
of Oklahoma City and Ashli
Lynn Hall of Oklahoma City.
Felonies Filed
Feb. 13- 19
*Patrick Shane Thompson
was charged with a Class C
felony for forgery.
*Ashley Elisabeth Dixon
was charged with a Class D
felony for theft of property
and a Class C felony for fail-
ure to appear in court for a
felony.
•Kimberly Evonne Green
was charged with a Class D
felony for terroristic threat-
ening.
•Jennifer Walsh Griffin
was charged with a Class C
felony for forgery.
•Jonathan Michael
Hodges was charged with
a Class D felony for aggra-
vated assault.
•Kristin Johnson was
charged with a Class D
felony for filing a false report
with a law enforcement
agency.
•Nicholas Earl
McCutcheon was charged
with a Class D felony for
first-degree criminal mis-
chief.
•Cassondra Brooke
Spears was charged with a
Class B felony for posses-
sion of a controlled sub-
stance with intent to deliver.
*Justin Weatherly was
charged with a Class D felo-
ny for theft by receiving.
•Marico B. Rainey was
charged with a Class C felo-
ny for commercial burglary.
•Michael Zachary
McClellan was charged with
an unclassified felony for
fraud or deceit to procure
narcotic drugs.
•Martin James Williams
was charged with a Class B
felony of theft of property.
•Brande Michelle Coy
was charged with a Class C
felony for manslaughter.
•Nicholas Deshawn
Barnes was charged with a
Class D felony for breaking
or entering and a Class D
felony for fleeing.
•Ubangi Zambezi
Robinson was charged with
a Class D felony for break-
ing or entering.
•Michael Douglas Moore
was charged with a Class D
felony for leaving the scene
of an accident.
•Elizabeth M. Lyons was
charged with a Class B felo-
ny for negligent homicide.
Feb. 20-26
•Monte Larue Hodge was
charged with three Class
Y felonies for rape and two
Class B felonies for second-
degree sexual assault.
•Melissa Lynn Griffis was
charged with two Class D
felonies for possession of
a controlled substance and
possession of drug parapher-
nalia.
•Amanda Marie Hawley
was charged with a Class C
felony for commercial bur-
glary and a Class C felony
for failure to appear in court
on a felony.
•Johnny Fair was charged
with two Class C felonies for
forgery.
•Ricky Hugh Bagley was
charged with a Class D felo-
ny for aggravated assault.
•Jasmine Chanequa
Robertson was charged with
a Class D felony for theft of
property.
•Keosha Rayshell Collins
was charged with a Class D
felony for theft of property.
•Justin W. Cobb was
charged with a Class D
felony for possession of a
controlled substance and a
Class C felony for failure to
appear in court on a felony.
•Carlton Ray Johnson
was charged with a Class
Y felony for kidnapping, a
Class C felony for second-
degree domestic battery and
a Class D felony for fleeing.
•Torey Lavelle Lewis was
charged with a Class D fel-
ony for breaking or entering.
•Johnny Wayne
Brotherton was charged
with a Class D felony for
aggravated assault.
•Richard Irvin Stokes
was charged with a Class D
felony for domestic battery.
•Keith Barton Bell was
charged with a Class C felo-
ny for commercial burglary.
•Desiree Rene Galindo
was charged with three
Class B felonies for theft
by receiving, two Class D
felonies for possession of
a controlled substance and
possession of drug parapher-
nalia and a Class C felony
for failure to appear in court
on a felony.
•Fidel Gabriel Garcia
was charged with a Class D
felony for possession of a
controlled substance.
•Timothy Wade Hughes
was charged with a Class D
felony for possession of a
controlled substance.
•Harold D. Jackson was
charged with a Class D
felony for fleeing.
•Ronnie Lynn Rylie was
charged with a Class D
felony for possession of drug
paraphernalia.
•Jessica D. Rice was
charged with a Class C felo-
ny for commercial burglary.
•Douglas Joseph Oxley
was charged with a Class
D felony for aggravated
assault.
•Michael Keith Ray was
charged with a Class C
felony for commercial bur-
glary, a Class D felony for
breaking or entering and a
Class D felony for theft of
property.
•Justin D. Bailey was
charged with an unclassified
felony for his fourth driving
while intoxicated incident.
•Randy Christopher
Crook was charged with a
Class D felony for fleeing
and a Class C felony for
possession of a controlled
substance.
•Daron Lee Nelson was
charged with a Class C felo-
ny for theft of property and a
Class C felony for failing to
appear in court for a felony
charge.
•Jonathan Lee Page was
charged with a Class D felo-
ny for aggravated assault.
•Brian Wade Spence was
charged with a Class C felo-
ny for forgery and a Class C
felony for failing to appear in
court on a felony charge.
COURT REPORT
LITTLE ROCK —
Arkansas' Board of Election
Commissioners approved
emergency rules Friday
that give additional time for
absentee voters to submit
proof of identification, just
weeks after the state's attor-
ney general said that should
not be allowed.
The new emergency rules
divided the board, with two
members saying they were
concerned about the rules
contradicting the opinion
of Attorney General Dustin
McDaniel.
McDaniel wrote in a Feb.
10 review that absentee
voters who did not show
required proof of identifica-
tion with their ballot should
not be given more time after
an election ends to provide
those documents. McDaniel
said legislators who wrote
the state's voter identifica-
tion law did not intend for
absentee voters to be able
to cast provisional ballots,
excluding first-time voters.
That law was approved
last year after a Republican-
led legislature overturned a
veto by Gov. Mike Beebe.
McDaniel's office said in
an email that the attorney
general has reviewed the
changes and that his posi-
tion has not wavered, add-
ing, "We were not consulted
by the secretary of state or
the commission before they
adopted this rule."
Board member Rhonda
Cole said she was wary
about the new rules, because
they challenge McDaniel's
assessment on absentee
voters and the state's law.
Board member Barbara
McBryde agreed with Cole.
"We're changing these
rules based on a law that's
not there," Cole said.
Martha Adcock, the secre-
tary of state's general coun-
sel, countered that the rules
level how absentee voters'
ballots are treated in elec-
tions across the board.
She said the attorney gen-
eral's opinion shows absen-
tee voters submitting their
ballot for the first time who
did not send in identification
forms are treated as provi-
sional, whereas non-first-
time absentee voters are not.
"So you have two sets
of absentee voters that are
not treated consistently,"
Adcock said. "I think that if
you would look at what the
law would be, you would say
we need to be fair and treat
all those voters the same.
And so if you treat all of
them, you come back and
treat them as provisional."
Karla Burnett, an attor-
ney representing the
Pulaski County Election
Commission, said the board
was exceeding its authority
by establishing the rules.
She said she would advise
the Pulaski County Election
Commission to file a lawsuit.
The commission is set to
consider the board's new
rules in its meeting Saturday
morning.
But board member Stuart
Soffer said the rules allow
less "hardship" for absentee
voters.
"I would rather be liti-
gated against for erring on
the side of the voter and not
disenfranchising the voter
than I would for going the
other direction," Soffer said.
"So sue me for erring on the
side of the voter."
The debate over absentee
voters sparked after dozens
of ballots were submitted in
a special election in north-
east Arkansas.
Ark. board approves ballot rule changes
Associated Press
LITTLE ROCK —
Heading into this year's leg-
islative session, opponents
of Arkansas' compromise
Medicaid expansion vowed
to push for an exit plan for
a program they see as no
different from the law they
derided as "Obamcare."
Now, they may be the ones
in need of an exit strategy.
With the impasse over
Arkansas' "private option"
heading into its third week,
opponents of the plan to
use federal Medicaid funds
to purchase insurance for
the poor are looking for a
way out of a showdown that
could jeopardize the state's
budget — not to mention the
Republican Party's efforts to
build on their recent gains.
The latest compromise
being floated as a way to get
to the 75 votes needed — a
proposal to limit the signup
period for the private option
— is an acknowledgement
by some opponents of the
program that they don't have
the numbers to force its dis-
mantling during this year's
session.
Crafted as an alterna-
tive to expanding Medicaid
under the federal health care
law, the private option has
been touted as a model for
Republicans in other states
to implement a key part of
the law they've campaigned
against for the past two elec-
tion cycles. Nearly 94,000
Arkansans are receiving
subsidized coverage through
the program.
The Senate has voted to
reauthorize the program, but
the legislation has stalled in
the House after failing four
times to receive the 75 votes
needed to continue the pro-
gram.
The uncertainty over the
program's future threatens
to spill into other parts of the
state's budget. Democratic
Gov. Mike Beebe has said
that $89 million of his pro-
posed $5 billion budget
depends on savings expect-
ed by the private option
cutting down on hospitals'
unpaid bills.
House Speaker Davy
Carter backed off his plans
for daily votes on the pro-
gram's future last week,
challenging opponents of the
program to offer an alterna-
tive that could win the three-
fourths support needed in
both chambers.
"If somebody else has got
a better idea, then I want
to see it," Carter, R-Cabot,
told reporters. "Instead of
complaining about the idea
that three-fourths of the
Senate has and so far the
vast majority of the House
members have. Just produce
it. There's nothing."
The main alternatives
floated by opponents so far
— pulling the private option
out of the Medicaid budget
or winding the program
down by early next year —
have been dismissed by sup-
porters as non-starters since
they kill the very program
they're trying to save.
"I think we've been trying
to talk about what could be
acceptable to a superma-
jority of the House," said
House Majority Leader
Bruce Westerman, R-Hot
Springs, a chief opponent of
the program.
The key to breaking that
stalemate may be a proposal
to create a limited enroll-
ment period for the private
option, rather than allow
signups throughout the year.
The plan floated by a hand-
ful of the opponents to the
program wouldn't require
a change in the legislation,
and instead would rely on
the state seeking federal
approval for the enrollment
limitation.
It would address a key
concern by supporters of the
program, who say they're
unwilling to negotiate any
more changes to the private
option funding bill after add-
ing amendments aimed at
swaying opponents of the
program. Those amend-
ments include a prohibition
against spending any public
funds to promote the private
option or other parts of the
federal health law.
Those changes were
pitched by an opponent
of the private option, who
acknowledged that the votes
weren't there to kill the
program this session but
said they'd at least slow the
growth in the program.
The standoff has tested
the patience of Democrats,
who vented frustration over
the back-to-back failed votes
after grudgingly agreeing to
the amendments. It's also
continuing to sharply divide
Republicans and ensuring
the private option will be a
wedge issue in dozens of
GOP primary fights through-
out the state this spring.
Private option opponents seek exit plan
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OBITUARIES
PAID OBITUARIES
WASHINGTON — Bill
Clinton's aides revealed con-
cern early in his presidency
about the health care over-
haul effort led by his wife,
Hillary Rodham Clinton,
and later about what they
saw as a need to soften her
image, according to docu-
ments released Friday. Mrs.
Clinton now is a potential
2016 presidential contender
The National Archives
released about 4,000 pages
of previously confidential
documents involving the for-
mer president's administra-
tion, providing a glimpse into
the ultimately unsuccessful
struggles of his health care
task force, led by the first
lady, and other Clinton
priorities such as the U.S.
economy and a major trade
agreement.
Hillary Clinton's potential
White House campaign has
increased interest in Clinton
Presidential Library docu-
ments from her husband's
administration during the
1990s and her own decades
in public service. A former
secretary of state and New
York senator, Mrs. Clinton is
the leading Democratic con-
tender to succeed President
Barack Obama, though she
has not said whether she will
run.
Friday's documents
included memos related
to the former president's
ill-fated health care reform
proposal in 1993 and 1994,
a plan that failed to win
support in Congress and
turned into a rallying cry
for Republicans in the 1994
midterm elections. As first
lady, Hillary Clinton chaired
her husband's health care
task force, largely meeting
in secret to develop a plan
to provide universal health
insurance coverage.
White House aides
expressed initial optimism
about her ability to help craft
and enact a major overhaul
of U.S. health care.
"The first lady's months of
meetings with the Congress
has produced a significant
amount of trust and confi-
dence by the members in
her ability to help produce a
viable health reform legisla-
tive product with the presi-
dent," said an undated and
unsigned document, which
was cataloged with others
from April 1993. The docu-
ment urged quick action,
warning that enthusiasm for
health reform "will fade over
time."
But the documents also
showed the growing con-
cerns among Clinton's fellow
Democrats in Congress.
Lawmakers, it said, "going to
their home districts for the
August break are petrified
about having difficult health
care reform issues/ques-
tions thrown at them."
Administration officials
also wanted to distance
Hillary Clinton from a staff
meeting on the touchy
subject of making health
care cost projections appear
reasonable. Top aides wrote
an April 1993 memo saying
pessimistic cost-savings pro-
jections from the nonpartisan
Congressional Budget Office
were "petrifying an already
scared Congress."
"CBO has the very real
potential to sink an already
leaking health reform ship,"
said the memo, signed by
Clinton aides Chris Jennings
and Steve Ricchetti, the lat-
ter now a top aide to Vice
President Joe Biden. A
White House and congres-
sional meeting meant to
"align budget assumptions
with CBO" would be "all
staff," the memo said, so "we
do not believe it appropriate
that Mrs. Clinton attend."
The documents also
include detailed media strat-
egy memos written as aides
tried to soften Mrs. Clinton's
image.
Her press secretary, Lisa
Caputo, encouraged the
Clintons to capitalize on their
20th wedding anniversary
as "a wonderful opportunity
for Hillary" and also sug-
gested she spend more time
doing White House events
celebrating first ladies of the
past.
Placing Clinton in a his-
torical context "may help
to round out her image and
make what she is doing
seem less extreme or dif-
ferent in the eyes of the
media," Caputo wrote in a
lengthy August 1995 memo
about courting better press
coverage as the president
looked toward re-election.
It noted the first lady had
an "aversion to the national
Washington media."
Caputo also proposed the
"wild idea" of having Clinton
do a guest appearance on a
popular sitcom of the day,
"Home Improvement."
As the first lady began her
bid for a Senate seat from
New York in July 1999, advis-
er Mandy Grunwald coached
her with "style pointers" and
tips for handling "annoying
questions" from the media
without appearing testy.
Grunwald said she was sure
to be asked about her hus-
band's Senate impeachment
trial earlier that year.
The advice: "Be real" and
acknowledge "that of course
last year was rough."
As for Clinton himself, by
the end of his presidency he
showed frustration with his
proposed farewell speech
to the nation. He told aides
that he didn't think the
drafts included enough of his
administration's accomplish-
ments.
"Doesn't anybody care
about me?" he asked aides
during his final days in
office.
On the health care effort,
by September 1993, Mrs.
Clinton acknowledged the
obstacles in a Capitol Hill
meeting with House and
Senate Democratic leaders
and committee chairs. "I
think that, unfortunately, in
the glare of the public politi-
cal process, we may not have
as much time as we need for
that kind of thoughtful reflec-
tion and research," the first
lady said, citing "this period
of challenge."
The meetings also showed
that Mrs. Clinton was doubt-
ful that a health care law
with a universal mandate
— requiring people to carry
health insurance — would be
approved. "That is politically
and substantively a much
harder sell than the one
we've got — a much harder
sell," she told congressional
Democrats in September
1993, predicting it could
send "shock waves" through
the "currently insured popu-
lation."
In 2007, when she ran for
president, Clinton made the
"individual mandate" a cen-
terpiece of her "American
Health Choices Plan," requir-
ing health coverage while
offering federal subsidies to
help reduce the cost to pur-
chasers.
The health care overhaul
signed into law by Obama
in early 2010 carried a man-
date that all Americans must
obtain health insurance or
pay a fine.
In another document,
Clinton's advisers flirted with
the same type of overpromis-
ing language that Obama
later used about allowing
people to keep their doc-
tors under the reforms. A
Clinton-era memo noted that
the policy promised people
could "'pick the health
plan and the doctor of your
choice.' This sounds great
and I know that it's just what
people want to hear. But can
we get away with it?"
The documents offer
cameo appearances by
several Obama officials
during their younger days.
Speechwriter Jeff Shesol
appeared frustrated in the
spring of 1998 when describ-
ing Clinton adviser Rahm
Emanuel, who later served
as Obama's White House
chief of staff and is now
Chicago's mayor. Emanuel,
Shesol wrote, "is gonna com-
plicate all our lives."
Clinton aide Paul Begala,
now a top Democratic strate-
gist, was "wrong half time,
glib," Shesol wrote.
In another document,
future Supreme Court
Justice Elena Kagan, then a
White House lawyer, advised
Clinton's team to be "non-
defensive" in dealing with
tobacco companies involved
in the government's settle-
ment in May 1998. "Let them
know they shd be leery
of (expletive) with this. In
those words."
In 2000, National Security
Adviser Samuel "Sandy"
Berger told his speechwriter
to cite the accomplishments
of young government-service
aides instead of Silicon
Valley "whiz kids" like Steve
Jobs and Bill Gates. "Stick
with public service," Berger
scrawled in notes on the
margins. "How old is Susan
Rice?" he added, referring to
the then-assistant secretary
at state for African Affairs
who is now Obama's national
security adviser.
The new documents offer
glimmers of Clinton's inter-
nal national security delib-
erations. The most detailed
material, contained in files
from then-national security
speechwriter Paul Orzulak,
show top Clinton officials
wrestling with how to deal
with China's emergence as a
world financial power.
Notes from an undated
meeting with Berger show
the Clinton national security
adviser pushing for China's
membership in the World
Trade Organization despite
concerns about human
rights abuses.
A series of emails
pertaining to the 9/11
Commission's research into
Clinton-era handling of al-
Qaida attacks were all appar-
ently withheld by Archives
officials, citing national
security and confidential
restrictions. The only memo
released was a single July
1998 email about whether to
send a high-ranking diplomat
to Minnesota with a presi-
dential message to greet ail-
ing Jordanian King Hussein.
"Sounds like too much crepe
hanging," said a dismissive
official.
Other documents released
Friday offered a glimpse
into the juggling of priorities
early in Clinton's first term
and administration concerns
after Republicans took con-
trol of the House and Senate
in the 1994 elections.
‘90s documents show Clintons’ health care concerns
Associated Press
Cheryl Lee Vollbracht Burks
Cheryl Lee Vollbracht Burks of Benton passed away in
Benton, Ark., on Feb. 28, 2014.
She was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Camp
Point, Ill. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Roy
William Vollbracht. Others preceding her in
death were her husband of 52 years, Melvin
Burks, and his son, Ronald Burks; her sister
Wanda Brockenfeld and husband Edward;
and a brother, Roy Vollbracht and wife Alice.
Surviving are her brother, Richard (and
Helen) Vollbracht; three daughters, Brigitte (and Paul)
Tobola and their two children, Will and Carley; Kimberly
(and Dr. Andrew) Getzoff and their two children, Jacob
and Emily; Carolyn (and Ed) Buckner and their five
children, Grant (and Hillary) Lewis, Ashton (and Jared)
Eakin, Kristan Hendricks, and Morgan and Brooke
Buckner; a daughter-in-law, Anita Burks and her three
children, Brandon (and Jennifer) Burks, Brian (and Caley)
Burks and Blair (and Jennifer) Burks.
Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren.
Cheryl loved people and was involved in many different
facets of life. She was a homemaker and a loving wife and
mother. Her hobbies were piano, poetry and painting.
She had 15 years of professional training in voice and
appeared in local and regional print ads and television
commercials. She also enjoyed many prominent roles in
several productions of the Royal Players in its early years.
In 1973, she organized a group of friends who loved litera-
ture. That organization, the Benton Literary Guild, is now
in its 41st year.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church
of Benton sanctuary choir for more than 25 years and
was a frequent soloist. She also led music in her Sunday
School department for more than 20 years. Cheryl loved
the Lord and His church.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March
4, at First Baptist Church Selph Hall with the Revs. Rick
Grant and Greg Kirksey officiating.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3, at
Ashby Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Saline
County Library, attention Erin Cozart; or the First Baptist
Church Building Fund.
Online guestbook: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Charles William Brooks
Charles William Brooks, 67, of Benton, went to be with
the Lord on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. He was born Oct. 15,
1946, in Chicago, Ill., to the late William E. and
Katherine Trzyna Brooks.
Charles graduated from England High School
and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following his
military service, he earned a Bachelor of Science
in Education degree in math and physical sci-
ence from University of Central Arkansas and a
Master of Science degree in computer science
from Henderson State University.
Charles was employed by Entergy Arkansas. Prior to his
employment with Entergy, he was the football coach for
Glenwood Schools.
Everyone who knew Charles was aware of his love for
coaching football.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter,
Rae Ann Brooks; two brothers, Norman and Jack Brooks; a
sister, Margaret Young; and his godly and special parents,
Kenneth and Lexie Johnson.
Charles is survived by his wife, Nancy; two daughters,
Christy (Doug) Ray and Jennifer (Joel) Ruff; a sister, Ann
(Kenny) Thorton; a brother, David (Lynda) Johnson; grand-
children, Triston Ray, Gabriel and Isabel Ruff; and very dear
family members, Billy and Diana Plyer, Brandie and Brooks
Killian, and all of the Plyler and Kirkpatrick families; and
other family and friends.
Funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ashby
Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Williams and the Rev.
Kenneth Thorton officiating. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at
Keo Cemetery in Keo, Ark.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral
home.
Charles’ family wishes to thank Dr. K. Heifner and Kim,
Arkansas Heart Hospital Doctors and staff, Baptist Health
Medical Center doctors and staff and a special thank you to
Arkansas Hospice Staff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas
Christian Academy, 21815 I-30, Bryant, AR 72022
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Gary C. Sheridan
Gary C. Sheridan, 65, of Benton passed away Feb. 28,
2014, in Little Rock. He was born Feb. 4, 1949, to the late
Lawrence and Madeline Sheridan in Benton.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of Forest Hills
Missionary Baptist Church and a registered nurse.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
sister, Oneida Brockway, and a grandchild.
Survivors include his wife of 45 / years, Vivian Sheridan;
a son, Brian Sheridan (Christel); two daughters, Melissa
Farmer (Rocky) and Tiffany Jones; six grandchildren,
Sydney O’Neal, Dustin O’Neal, Blakley Sheridan, Jacob
Sheridan, Christian Sheridan and Anna Jones; a sister,
Norma Hill; three brothers, Larry Sheridan, Clifton Sheridan
(Jan) and Joe Sheridan (Sharon); and several nieces, neph-
ews and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday,
March 4, at Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church in
Benton with Pastor Marcus Blakley officiating
Visitation with the family will be held at the church from
6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 3.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas
Mission Builders; or to Forest Hills Missionary Baptist
Church, 1119 Alcoa Road, Benton, AR 72015.
Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
Louise Roberta Bailey
Louise Roberta Bailey, age 93, of Malvern passed away
Feb. 28, 2014, at Arbor Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation.
She was born March 17, 1920, in Hot Spring County to
the late Robert and Maggie Lewter Headley.
Louise played basketball as a young girl and
also loved to watch basketball.
She had worked at Allen’s Sewing Center, was
an excellent seamstress and was a homemaker.
Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Pink Ladies
Auxiliary, which was a highlight of her life. She
enjoyed getting to meet all the people that came
into the hospital.
She was instrumental in starting the Hot Spring County
Fitness at Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern.
Mrs. Bailey was the oldest member of South Main
Missionary Baptist Church. She loved to travel with her hus-
band on guided bus tours throughout the United States.
In addition to than her parents, she was preceded
in death by her husband, Connie Bailey; her siblings,
Woodrow Headley, Ruby Jean Thornton and Pauline Davis;
and a son-in-law, Dr. Carl Matlock.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Matlock of Benton;
a grandson, Todd Matlock and wife Debbie of Hot Springs;
a brother, James Headley and wife Sunny of Westville,
Ohio; her lifelong friend, Eunice Adams of Malvern; and two
sisters-in-law, Eula B. Bailey and Betty Byrd Bailey.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday,
March 3, at Regency Funeral Home in Malvern.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4,
at the funeral home with the Rev. Gene Fulcher and Brother
Will Wallace officiating.
Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Lynn Headley, Glenn Headley, Paul
Headley, Terry Bracy, Gene Clements, Rodney Pulley.
Members of the Pink Ladies Auxiliary will serve as honor-
ary pallbearers.
Burks
Bailey
Brooks
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
“Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press ... .”
— From the First Amendment to Constitution
P
resident Obama’s new out-
reach initiative to help at-risk
boys of color -- “My Brother’s
Keeper” -- is cause for cheer.
It isn’t that we haven’t known for
some time that minority boys are in
trouble. Poor school performance,
truancy, delinquency and, ultimately,
high incarceration rates cannot be
separated from the absence of fathers
in many homes. Out-of-wedlock
births are now at 72 percent in the
African-American community and
53 percent among
Latinos, compared
to 29 percent among
non-Hispanic whites.
But sometimes
things can change
only when the right
messenger comes
along. Obama is
that man, though
he seems to have
realized it late in his
game. Or perhaps
he feared criticism
for focusing on the black half of him-
self and waited for a second term.
Whatever brought him here, he
may as well be reading from an old
text -- the 1965 Moynihan Report,
when then-Assistant Labor Secretary
Daniel Patrick Moynihan first sound-
ed the alarm about family disintegra-
tion and fatherlessness in the black
community.
Wrote Moynihan the following
year: “A community that allows a
large number of young men to grow
up in broken homes, dominated by
women, never acquiring any stable
relationship to male authority, never
acquiring any set of rational expecta-
tions about the future -- that commu-
nity asks for and gets chaos.”
Moynihan was clobbered by civil
rights leaders who felt that other
concerns -- school integration, vot-
ing rights and the end of Jim Crow
laws -- were more crucial to black
ascendance than family organization.
But today, with an African-American
in the highest office, we can afford
to take another look. It would seem
that Moynihan had a point -- and back
then the out-of-wedlock birthrate
among African-Americans was just 25
percent.
Since the 1960s, as women have
made strides toward greater empow-
erment, the trend of fatherlessness
has been largely overlooked except
by a few lonely voices in the media,
including yours truly and, notably,
Christina Hoff Sommers and Cathy
Young. Otherwise, the noisemakers
were men, mostly white, who gar-
nered more mockery than consider-
ation, drowned out by feminists who
dismissed fathers as nonessential,
often conflating the incidence of abu-
sive or “bad” fathers with an indict-
ment of men generally. Those who
insisted otherwise were characterized
as heretical pawns of the patriarchy.
Though this interpretation per-
sists in smallish circles, we seem
to have transcended such facile
branding. It is harder to hold the
antagonist’s ground, moreover, when
the president himself -- a black man
who experienced the pain of father
abandonment -- reiterates Moynihan’s
observations.
Whatever one’s politics, this is
great news for the country. A nation
can’t long flourish without the com-
mitment of fathers to raise their sons
-- and, yes, their daughters, too.
Announcing $200 million in private
funding for the initiative whereby
businesses will connect young men
with mentors, the president spoke
about his personal history as a young
son growing up without a father. This
first-person connection is Obama’s
most powerful weapon in encourag-
ing two-parent homes, as well as
highlighting societal trends that have
minimized the importance of men
and the need for role models to teach
boys how to be men. Who better than
the president of the United States?
Well, of course, a father, but mean-
while ...
In minority communities, fathers
became scarcer in part owing to a
welfare program that was predicated
upon no man in the house. It would
not take long before marriage and
fathers made little economic sense
to many mothers. Three genera-
tions later, two-parent families have
become a quaint memory.
Rather than tackling the source of
problems in minority communities,
we have embraced a pop culture that
celebrates destructive behavior via
movies and music. It is hard to teach
young boys to treat girls respectfully
when icons such as Beyonce sing
about her guy “so horny ... he Monica
Lewinsky-ed all on my gown.”
Magazine covers and chatty televi-
sion shows, meanwhile, cutesify the
tragedy of casual procreation by tout-
ing baby-daddies and baby-mamas,
who aren’t so adorable in the inner
city where the biological offspring of
such lyrical liaisons are most often
doomed to a life without much prom-
ise.
A culture faced with such chal-
lenges can only benefit from the pres-
ident’s attentions, especially as he has
sway with the media that shape so
much of our culture. This is gratify-
ing progress and marks a victory of
common sense over ideology.
Hurray.
Kathleen Parker’s email address is
kathleenparker@washpost.com.
Obama’s best hope
EDITORIAL CARTOON
T
he largest highway construction
program in state history got off to
a good start when the Highway
Commission opened bids for a $52.7 mil-
lion project in northwest Arkansas.
The project is the next phase in the
Bella Vista bypass. It will relieve conges-
tion in that city and eventually become
part of the route of Interstate 49 between
Canada and New Orleans. It’s the first
project in the Connecting Arkansas
Program (CAP), which will be paid with
revenue from a half cent sales tax col-
lected for 10 years.
The tax was approved by voters in a
2012 state election. It will finance an
investment of $1.8 billion in 31 separate
highway construction projects extending
180 miles. Those projects will be concen-
trated in 19 heavily traveled corridors.
A new Internet web site tracks the
progress of the CAP projects. It has vari-
ous maps and it will update information
about lane closures in construction zones.
It is at ConnectingArkansasProgram.
com
You also can access the web site
through IDriveArkansas.com
The half cent sales tax
for highways generated
almost $13.3 million in
January, which is 4.4 per-
cent below forecasts. At
the Highway Commission
meeting, a finance officer
reported that February
revenue also was on pace
to come in below esti-
mates.
Initial estimates were
for the half cent sales
tax to generate $160 mil-
lion a year for the state Highway and
Transportation Department and $35 mil-
lion a year for counties and cities. That
represents the traditional division of high-
way revenue in Arkansas, under which
the state receives 70 percent, counties get
15 percent and cities get 15 percent.
The constitutional amendment
approved by voters last year also created
a permanent fund for city street projects,
similar to the aid for counties fund. The
city street aid fund is replenished with
revenue from one cent of existing motor
fuels taxes collected on sales of gasoline.
It will generate about $20 million a year.
Cities apply for funding from that account
and must put up 10 percent of the cost of
a project. The state aid fund will match it
with 90 percent.
Act 1032 of 2011 creates a committee
of nine mayors to determine how money
from the state aid fund is to be distribut-
ed. The mayors are appointed by the gov-
ernor, the Speaker of the House and the
President Pro Tem of the Senate, each of
whom must appoint at least one mayor
from a city of more than 25,000 residents.
Tourism Tax Revenue
The state tourism tax is a 2 percent
sales tax on items related to tourism,
such as hotel rooms and boat rentals. In
2013 the tax generated $12.7 million, a
record. That money will pay for advertis-
ing and promotions of Arkansas as a tour-
ist destination.
Arkansas tourism is rebounding after
a national economic slump in 2009 had a
negative effect on tourist destinations in
every state. In 2009 the state tourism tax
generated $11.3 million.
Tourism officials reported that 103,400
people worked in the leisure and hospital-
ity businesses in Arkansas in December.
The economic impact of tourism in
Arkansas is an estimated $5.7 billion a
year.
Sen. Alan Clark represents District 13,
which includes portions of Saline County.
State Capitol
week in review
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OPINION
SEN. ALAN
CLARK
KATHLEEN
PARKER
Today in history
Today is the 61st day of 2014 and the
72nd day of winter.
TODAY’S HISTORY: In 1836, Texas
declared its independence from Mexico.
In 1877, the U.S. Congress declared
Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the
1876 presidential election, despite the fact
that Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular
vote.
In 1933, the film “King Kong” opened
at Radio City Music Hall in New York
City.
In 1969, the Concorde supersonic air-
liner flew (at subsonic speeds) for the first
time.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Sam Houston
(1793-1863), soldier/politician; Pope Leo
XIII (1810-1903); Pope Pius XII (1876-
1958); Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) (1904-
1991), author; Mel Ott (1909-1958), base-
ball player; Desi Arnaz (1917-1986), actor/
musician; Mikhail Gorbachev (1931- ),
former Soviet leader; Tom Wolfe (1931- ),
author/journalist; John Irving (1942- ),
author; Jon Bon Jovi (1962- ), singer-
songwriter; Daniel Craig (1968- ), actor;
Method Man (1971- ), rapper/actor; Chris
Martin (1977- ), singer-songwriter; Ben
Roethlisberger (1982- ), football player.
TODAY’S FACT: “King Kong” was
made in 1933 for about $11.7 million (in
today’s dollars). The 2005 remake cost
$207 million to produce.
I
received a postcard from the
Koch Brother’s Americans
for Prosperity group on
Friday. It read that we need to call
Representative Hammer and thank
him for his vote against the Private
option funding. It leads us to believe
that we should abandon over 9000
residents in Saline County who can-
not afford health care. I do not under-
stand the premise of this argument
and here is why:
The Ryan proposal to Medicare
would do the same thing. Use federal
tax dollars to buy private insurance. I
thought this is what Republicans want
to do is privatize federal grant funding
of healthcare. The legislators voted to
seek approval from the Federal gov-
ernment to advance this experiment
and now they do not want to fund it?
Sounds hypocritical to me.
The people that are affected are
working citizens earning between
$323 and $420 per week if single,
or $486 to $623 per week if head of
household. People above and below
those incomes would qualify for
some sort of assistance in the “insur-
ance exchanges”. Some families with
income in excess of $48,000 have
qualified for subsidies in insurance
purchases.
Hospitals that are required to
administer services to this gap group
would continue to pass those costs on
to those of us that do have insurance.
Doctors would prefer to have ser-
vices paid by private insurance com-
panies at competitive allowable rates
versus Medicaid rates.
Most Republicans say that they do
not want government interfering with
health decisions, yet they are dictat-
ing now who has health care access
by their actions.
We go to church hearing that it
is our Christian duty to help those
people that are poor, but yet when
we have an opportunity to do so in a
demonstrative way, we choose not to?
I find it hard to say thanks to anyone
who has jeopardized the health and
welfare of ones that I love.
Greg White, Benton
Saying thanks to Rep. Hammer
I've been watching the Academy Awards since Bob
Hope was a baby. Back then, they didn't have a dif-
ferent host each year; it was always Bob Hope. Then
Johnny Carson took over for a while. Now they audi-
tion someone new every few years, but it's such a no-
win gig, you wonder why anyone wants it. Jon Stewart
did an admirable job a few years ago, yet his movie
career is still in the toilet. Waiters at trendy L.A. restau-
rants get more acting offers.
The Academy Awards show has a
long tradition -- of train wrecks. Every
year there is an endless parade of pre-
senters who forget to bring their read-
ing glasses, presenters who mangle the
simplest names, presenters who are so
improbably mismatched that you won-
der if the producer just puts together
the last two people he met at some
other awards show -- "Please welcome
Dame Judi Dench and Adam Sandler
..." -- presenters who stumble over the
easiest of cue cards. Considering that
the presenters are usually actors who
have already won an Academy Award,
you'd think they'd be able to at least act
as if they were not reading from a teleprompter. You'd
think at least one of their personal assistants could
have remembered to bring their reading glasses.
Then there are the awards for things that are so
trivial, even by Hollywood standards, that you wonder
if anyone on the board has actually been in a movie
theater since 1928. My local theater has yet to show
some of the films nominated for Best Picture, so when
do you think they're going to show the nominees for
Short Film (animated) and Short Film (live action)?
Oh, yeah, that would be never. The Oscars don't have
enough time to let the winners say "I'd like to thank
my mother," but they have plenty of time for these
two awards? I'm sure all the nominated short films are
award-worthy, but to the world at large, short films are
like drum solos -- even if they're good, we don't like
them. Best Documentary Short could be dumped, too.
Not because people won't watch them: There is always
a new freshman class at Angst University that will sit
through anything, the more depressing the better.
The real reason the award should be canned is that
the people who make documentaries rarely wear the
best gowns or the most fashionable tuxedos when they
attend the Oscars. Joan Rivers doesn't even bother to
ask them who designed their clothes. If you can't pass
that tiny awards hurdle, should you really be there?
They say a billion people watch the Academy
Awards each year, but those billion people aren't here
in North America; they are in Europe, India, Indonesia
and scattered all around the world. But that audience
could easily be doubled if they cut out the deadly musi-
cal numbers. I know there have been a lot of memo-
rable musical numbers on the Oscars over the last 80
years. Whoops, no, wait -- there has been one memora-
ble musical number over the last 80 years: Isaac Hayes
performing "Shaft." That is it. The music you heard on
the other 79 shows was just the sound of a billion toi-
lets flushing at the same time. I'll bet if you run down
to the beach during the musical numbers, you could
watch the ocean rise a few inches in three minutes.
But for all my whining, I will always watch the
Oscars and the red carpet walk of fame. It's like going
to a big wedding where you finally meet the parents of
the bride and groom, and all their crazy brothers and
sisters and aunts and uncles, and you say to yourself,
"That explains so much." Yes, the band was too loud
and the best man gave a painfully awkward speech,
and you wonder what the bride was thinking when she
picked out that ridiculous dress. But you still come.
You even bring a present.
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in Your Spare Time at Home." Contact him at
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sports@bentoncourier.com The Saline Courier – Page 5A
SPORTS
SALINE
SCOREBOARD
THURSDAY
Basketball
Bauxite (B) def. Dumas 57-37
(4A S. Regional at Nashville)
HG (B) def, Riverview 69-43
(3A Region 2 at Haskell)
Baseball and Softball
Benton (B) def. NLR 2-0 (benefit)
Morrilton def. Benton (G) 9-8
Bryant (G) def. Sylvan Hills 7-1
(benefit game)
Bryant (B) def. Lakeside 4-2
FRIDAY
Basketball
CAC def. Bauxite (B) 47-27
(4A S. Regional at Nashville)
Episcopal def. BHG (B) 57-46
(3A Region 2 at Haskell)
SATURDAY
Basketball
Bauxite (B) vs. Nashville, late
(4A S. Regional at Nashville)
HASKELL -- Harmony
Grove’s second-year head
coach Dexter Hendrix has
beaten every team in the
5-3A at least once in his
tenure -- except Episcopal
Collegiate. Zero and 4 com-
ing into Friday’s semifinal
match with the Wildcats,
Hendrix and company
walked away still winless,
losing 57-46 to the 3A State
Title favorites.
“Overall, we had good
effort, played hard and
competed well,” Hendrix
said. “We gave them way
too many chances. They are
good with the ball in their
hands but when they shoot
it and get the offensive
rebound and get another
shot, it is really tough.”
After losing badly in the
two tests in the regular
season to the Wildcats,
Harmony Grove put up
a major fight this time.
With 5:14 remaining in
the game, senior captain
Mitch Scoggins pulled the
Cardinals within one, 44-43,
the closest the game had
been since opening tip.
Harmony Grove led only
once early in the first quar-
ter after Scoggins drained a
3-pointer to go up 3-2.
Episcopal ended the
game on a 13-3 run to beat
Harmony Grove on its
home floor once again.
The Cardinals were able
to hold its own against the
Wildcats, who were miss-
ing their point guard, Allie
Freeman, due to undis-
closed reasons.
Episcopal only led by
four, 16-12, after the first
quarter, leaving Harmony
Grove with much to build
on throughout the rest of
the game. The Wildcats
wasted nearly no time
before getting on the board
in the second after Mahlon
Martin sank a big 3-pointer
in the opening seconds, put-
ting Episcopal up 19-12.
After back-to-back free
throws from junior Drake
Wilks pulled Harmony
Grove within five with
1:17 on the clock, Kelvin
Robinson dashed the
Harmony Grove with high expectations
HASKELL -- The 2013
season was a storybook end-
ing for the Harmony Grove
Lady Cardinals’ softball team.
After a disappointing end to
the 2012 campaign, the Lady
Cardinals came back with
vengeance, taking nearly
every tournament title they
entered, on their way to the
3A State Championship and a
31-2 overall finish.
While the road to the
finals as the No. 1 overall
squad was easy, outscoring
state opponents 27-2, the
finale was all but a cakewalk.
Thanks to an interference
play that left shortstop Holly
Drombetta and a Lavaca
third baseman lying on the
dirt, the storyline may have
been a lot different for the
Lady Cardinals. Nonetheless,
Harmony Grove was cham-
pion once again and fourth
time under Head Coach
Sammi Massey.
“It was a great year and a
great group of kids,” Massey
said. “I couldn’t have asked
them to play any harder or
better. They did everything
I asked and played so well
together. They were a true
team and everything you
could have asked for.”
With the 2014 season just
hours away, Harmony Grove
brings back nearly the exact
same team from a year ago,
minus two seniors.
With nearly a full squad
back, the season expecta-
tions end with only one
option – another state title.
“That’s what I shoot for
every year,” Massey said. “I
would be very disappointed if
we don’t get back. We have
the potential.”
While Massey says replac-
Lady Cards’ season ‘disap-
pointment’ without title repeat
JEANNIE OTTS/Special to The Saline Courier
Junior pitcher Kristen Dempsey winds up for a pitch during the 2013 3A State Championship game.
Dempsey’s win over Lavaca sealed the fourth title in Harmony Grove history.
Wildcats scratch, claw past
Cardinals in semifinals
Junior
guard
Drake Wilks
passes the
ball in the
Benton
Harmony
Grove
Cardinals
57-46
loss to the
Episcopal
Wildcats
on Friday
at Daniel
Henley
Fieldhouse.
The
Cardinals
qualified for
the 3A State
Tournament
with a
69-43 vic-
tory over
Riverview
on
Thursday.
STEVEN LOVELL/
Special to The Saline
Courier
Miners fall flat vs. Mustangs
NASHVILLE – After
clinching their first-ever
4A State Tournament berth
defeating Dumas 57-37 in
the first round of the 4A
South Regional in Nashville
on Thursday, the Bauxite
Miners dug themselves an
early hole they could never
get out of in a 47-27 loss to
familiar foe Central Arkansas
Christian Mustangs on
Friday night in Round 2.
It was the Miners’ (15-
14) fourth loss of the year
to the Mustangs, losing by
an average of 48.7 - 43.3 the
previous three meetings, but
the Miners didn’t have their
legs under them on Friday.
“[Saturday vs. Nashville]
is our 10th game in 15
days,” Bauxite Coach Andy
Brakebill said. “That’s worse
than an NBA schedule. It
was a combination of that,
and after we beat Dumas the
other night to go to state, I
think our kids were on such
a high for something that
has never been accomplished
before, it’s just hard to get
Fernandez
helps Marlins
beat St. Louis
Bautista strikes
again, Blue Jays
beat Phillies
Bauxite
Miners
senior Cody
Lambert
takes a shot
in Bauxite’s
47-27 loss
to the CAC
Mustangs
in the
quarterfi-
nals of the
4A South
Regional in
Nashville
on Friday.
The Miners
made the
4A State
Tournament
for the first
time with a
57-37 win
over Dumas
on Thurday.
BOB MCADORY/
Special to The Saline
Courier
JUPITER, Fla. — Hours
before taking the mound
Friday against the St. Louis
Cardinals, Jose Fernandez
crossed paths with man-
ager Mike Redmond in the
Miami Marlins clubhouse.
“Are you ready?”
Redmond said.
“You don’t even have to
ask,” Fernandez replied.
It was only February, but
the precocious right-hand-
er pitched with the eager
enthusiasm he showed
last year, when he was the
NL Rookie of the Year.
Fernandez struck out two
in two scoreless innings
to help Miami beat the St.
Louis Cardinals 5-4 in the
spring training opener for
both teams.
“He doesn’t care whether
it’s a regular-season game
or a spring training game,”
Redmond said. “He just
can’t wait to get out there.”
Fernandez pitched
around his own error
and was helped by a div-
ing catch by right fielder
Giancarlo Stanton to
rob Allen Craig of a hit.
Fernandez allowed a single
by designated hitter Yadier
Molina and an infield hit by
Shane Robinson.
Cardinals starter Carlos
Martinez went three
innings and allowed two
runs, both coming when
Garrett Jones homered
in his first at-bat with the
Marlins.
Matt Adams and Peter
Bourjos had RBI singles
for St. Louis, the defend-
ing NL champions. Patrick
Wisdom hit a two-run
homer in the ninth.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jose
Bautista kept up his torrid
start to the spring, hitting
two doubles and driving in
two runs Thursday that sent
the Toronto Blue Jays over
the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5.
A day after hitting a
long home run against the
Phillies in his first at-bat of
exhibition play, Bautista had
an RBI double in the first
inning off Philadelphia ace
Cliff Lee.
Bautista finished 2 for
2 with a walk. The former
two-time major league
homer champion missed
the final six weeks last year
because of a hip injury.
Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie
and Melky Cabrera also
drove in runs for Toronto.
“I thought we swung the
bats pretty good,” Blue Jays
manager John Gibbons said.
Gibbons liked how many
of Toronto’s hits were up
the middle or to the oppo-
site field.
“Against a lot of lefties
and things like that, you
have to be able to do that
and I think it was progress
for us,” he said.
Lee allowed two hits and
a run in two innings. He
struck out three and walked
none.
“Obviously I’m trying to
throw strikes,” Lee said. “I
made a couple mistakes.
The first double was, for
sure, a mistake. I tried to
throw a backdoor cutter and
it ended up right down the
middle.”
“And then Bautista, I just
missed on the pitch before
and tried to throw the same
pitch. It wasn’t a bad one,
Associated Press
By Steven Wine
AP Writer
LADY CARDS, page 6A
BHG, page 6A
By Josh Briggs
jbriggs@bentoncourier.com
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jbriggs@bentoncourier.com
MINERS, page 6A LEE, page 6A
By Tony Lenahan
tlenahan@bentoncourier.com
6A The Saline Courier
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Cardinals’ hopes with a
three of his own.
Down 10 with 38 sec-
onds left, Wilks pulled
his club within five after
an and-1 bucket and two
more free throws. The
Cardinals looked to be in
a perfect spot heading to
halftime down only 28-23.
But Martin had other plans.
With four seconds to tick,
Martin drove the ball down
the floor, into the paint
and hung a teardrop for a
buzzer-beating basket to
put Episcopal up seven at
the break.
Despite having the
momentum stolen to end
the opening half, Harmony
Grove quickly got back
within five on another
Scoggins bucket early in
the third. Foul-prone big
man Hayden Burchfield
did not pick up his first
foul until the 5:30 mark of
the third quarter, allowing
Hendrix to leave his senior
on the floor for most of the
game.
Chuck McCormick, on
the other hand, battled
cheap fouls all night, catch-
ing his fourth in the third.
Down five for most of the
quarter, Harmony Grove
pulled within four on a
Wilks dribble-drive lay in.
Down four with 3.4
seconds left, Robinson hit
the Wildcats second late-
quarter bucket, hitting the
basket with 3.4 seconds left
in the third.
Still with eight minutes
to play, Harmony Grove
stood strong and continued
to compete. McCormick
used his specialty to pull
the Cardinals within three,
44-41, with a rainbow
3-pointer from the corner.
Scoggins pulled the club
within a single digit on
the next possession with a
short jumper.
Unfortunately, the scor-
ing was about to be over for
the Cardinals. McCormick
added a free throw, while
Wilks added a short
bucket to end the night
for Harmony Grove on the
scoreboard and end their
chances at a rematch with
Mayflower in the finals.
The Cardinals attempted
just five shots in the final
three minutes with four,
all 3-pointers, coming with
under 44 seconds left in the
game.
Scoggins (14) and Wilks
(13) led the Cardinals with
a combined 27 points.
Wilks added two steals but
turned the ball over three
times.
“Both those guys really
stepped up,” Hendrix said.
“Mitch hit some really big
shots in the fourth quar-
ter.”
Burchfield finished the
game with a season-low two
fouls but could only score
six in the loss, blocking six
shots and bringing in six
boards.
“He didn’t get the best
position he could have got
tonight,” Hendrix said. “I
thought we missed him a
few time when he did get
the position, but overall, he
could have worked and got
a little bit here and there.”
The Episcopal pressure,
even without Freeman,
was great once again, but
forced only eight turnovers
on Harmony Grove.
“Their pressure was
good, but we had the ball
for just a short period of
time,” Hendrix said. “They
would go down and run
their stuff and kept us out
of rhythm all night.”
Martin led all scorers
with 20. Robinson followed
with 18 for the Wildcats.
Despite the loss, the
Cardinals’ season is not
over. Harmony Grove
earned a bid to the 3A State
Tournament in Charleston
with a blowout win over
Riverview on Thursday.
Harmony Grove played
Harding Academy Saturday
in the third-place game.
See Monday’s issue of The
Saline Courier for full game
story.
back up the next day and we
came in flat.”
Bauxite struggled all
night as Saline County lead-
ing scorer at 29.4 points per
game, junior Ben Madison,
tallied just 15 points and
played in foul trouble for
most of the game.
Sophomore Zack Baxley
had five points and sopho-
more Dylan Melton had
three.
The Miners fought for
the No. 3 seed for the 4A
State Tournament against
host Nashville Scrappers
on Saturday and results
will be in Monday’s Saline
Courier. Bauxite, which
went to Nashville, which
also hosted the 7-4A District
Tournament, for a confer-
ence game earlier in the
year, is ready for some new
scenery, which the Miners
will get in Lonoke for state.
“I think we’re all just
sick of going to Nashville,”
Brakebill said. “[CAC] came
out on us and they hit four
threes off the bat, and we
were behind them. They’re
such a well-disciplined team,
you get behind them, it’s
hard to come back. It was
just one of those nights we
didn’t have it. We looked
really flat and really tired.”
ing former third baseman
Laura Britt and right fielder
Molly White will not be pos-
sible, she feels confident
that the girls she puts in the
spot this year will get the job
done.
“We have some freshman
and some other girls that
were younger that I feel have
gotten better and matured a
little bit that can take those
spots,” Massey said. “They
will never be Laura or Molly,
but think they can definitely
fit well.”
Massey said she has a
good idea on who will fill the
two vacancies, but did not
give a name.
“I am going to do a lot of
moving around defensively
in right field,” Massey said.
“We will have to see what we
need to do there.”
The pitching, along with
strong bats, was the key to
last season’s success. But,
unlike the 2012 year, junior
Kristen Dempsey had help in
2013, taking some of the load
off over the course of the
season with sophomore LJ
Helmich stepping in.
“Dempsey grew up last
year,” Massey said. “We
went from a completely dif-
ferent kid from one year
to the next and is growing
up every time I see her out
on the field. She has really
taken the leadership role.”
Massey said she plans on
using Helmich quite a bit
again this season and could
start her in the opener on
Tuesday.
The Lady Cardinals’ bats
were huge for the squad last
season and look to be even
stronger this year. Harmony
Grove hit over .400 in the
state playoffs.
“Our batting aver-
ages were insane last year,”
Massey said. “All of them are
back.”
After losing just two
seniors last year, Harmony
Grove is still classified as
a young team. With sopho-
more studs Helmich and
Faith Otts returning, the
2014 season looks as promis-
ing if not more than a year
ago.
“They fit so well,” Massey
said. “With Faith behind the
plate and LJ and her goofy
attitude, they just fit in really
well. The rest of the girls
love them. The feed off each
other and work well togeth-
er. There is not one that I
feel is more of a leader than
another.”
Drombetta and Lydia
Windsor are the clubs two
returning seniors.
The schedule for
Harmony Grove looks to be
one of the toughest non-con-
ference battles in the state.
Instead of scheduling gravy
tests, Massey slated much
bigger schools early on such
as Benton, Sheridan, White
Hall, Vilonia and CAC.
Benton made it to the
6A State Finals a season
ago while Sheridan is a pre-
season favorite in the 7A/6A
South once again this year.
White Hall lost power bat
and leader Rachel Box to the
SEC, but still own a strong
and stellar squad this season.
Massey sites the 5-3A con-
ference weakness as reason
for scheduling tough compe-
tition early.
“I wanted us to be better
prepared come postseason,”
Massey said. “I didn’t want
us to step in and (the con-
ference) be the toughest
competition we had played
all year. I wanted to see
how we respond early. It
will make us better all the
way around whether we win
every game.”
Perryville and Mayflower
are the only teams in 5-3A
that should give Harmony
Grove a run. The Lady
Cardinals steamrolled its
conference foes a season
ago, going undefeated.
Harmony Grove does
play in one of the tough-
est regions, according to
Massey.
“Bald Knob and Harding
are going to be tough,”
Massey said. “It will be a
tough region.”
State-wise, Massey said
that she expects Lavaca to
be back in the running come
finals time. Harmony Grove
beat Lavaca in the finals a
season ago.
Harmony Grove had its
first game against Magnet
Cove canceled due to state
basketball, so the Lady
Cardinals will begin the sea-
son on the road at Central
Arkansas Christian on
Tuesday. First pitch is set for
4:30 p.m.
it’s just you get into a 2-2
count with him in that situ-
ation is not where you want
to be. He put a good swing
on it.”
Philadelphia’s offense was
powered by a pair of home
runs from bench hopefuls:
Darin Ruf hit a two-run
shot in the third and John
Mayberry Jr. had a solo
drive in the sixth.
Blue Jays starter R.A.
Dickey allowed one
unearned run in two innings.
He gave up two hits, two
walks and struck out two.
STARTING TIME
Phillies: Lee gave up
doubles to two of the first
three batters he faced, then
stopped the Blue Jays. He is
the odds-on favorite to start
on opening day March 31 at
Texas.
Blue Jays: Dickey got
through an uneasy first
inning to feel good about his
spring debut. The knuckle-
baller walked back-to-back
batters with one out in his
opening inning.
“I’m feeling a lot better
than I was at this point last
year, so I’m hoping that will
carry out through the rest
of spring and opening day,”
Dickey said.
Lee
From page 5A
Miners
From page 5A
BOB MCADORY/Special to The Saline Courier
Bauxite Miner Ben Madison takes a shot in the Miners’ 47-27 loss
to CAC on Friday. Madison had 15 points to lead Bauxite.
JEANNIE OTTS/Special to The Saline Courier
Sophomore catcher Faith Otts leaps into the backstop netting after making a catch during the 3A State
Title game last season. Harmony Grove beat the Lavaca Golden Arrows to finish the year at 31-2.
Lady Cards
From page 5A
BHG
From page 5A
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Pine Haven Elementary
School students cheered as
two Saline County sheriff’s
deputies drove around the
corner with emergency
lights activated on their
patrol units.
A white truck wrapped
with the Bauxite Miners’
logo followed behind.
The truck was donated by
Everett Buick GMC to be
used by the new school
resource officer.
“The Bauxite School
District would like to thank
the Everett family for their
constant support of our
school and community,”
said Superintendent Jarrod
Williams.
“We are very proud of the
relationship that the district
has with the Everett fam-
ily,” Williams said. “Their
willingness to help the Saline
County schools and students
is unprecedented today.
They are truly a blessing to
the Bauxite School District
and community.”
Susie Everett, who spoke
at the event and presented
the truck keys to Williams,
said she hopes the vehicle
helps keep Bauxite students
safe.
“We believe in Bauxite
and want to keep it safe,”
she said.
Gina Breseman, who is
the new school resource
officer, began working in the
Bauxite School District in
January.
Breseman will help keep
students safe and help build
a good relationship with
the students and the Saline
County Sheriff’s Office, said
Sheriff Cleve Barfield.
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seems to have Wall Street's
back at every turn. But the
rise in February must be
taken in the context that
investors spent the month
making up the ground they
lost in January.
"February looked a lot
like January, just moving in
the opposite direction," said
Scott Clemons, chief invest-
ment strategist with Brown
Brothers Harriman Wealth
Management.
Investors are also now
staring at a stock market,
while numbers-wise is basi-
cally where it was on Jan. 1,
that is a lot more defensive
than it was two months ago.
Utilities and health care
stocks — two traditional
"safe" places for investors
because of their low volatil-
ity and higher-than-average
dividends — are the biggest
gainers so far this year.
Utilities are up 5.7 percent
in 2014 and health care is up
6.6 percent.
Investor caution was also
evident in the bond market,
which has done reasonably
well in the last two months.
The yield on the benchmark
U.S. 10-year Treasury note
has fallen from 2.97 percent
to 2.65 percent in the last two
months as investors returned
to the relative safety of gov-
ernment debt. The Barclays
U.S. Aggregate bond index,
which tracks a broad mix of
corporate and government
bonds, is up 1.6 percent this
year.
"The sentiment now is,
'bonds may not be as bad
as I originally thought,'"
said Michael Fredericks,
a portfolio manager of the
Multi-Asset Income Fund at
Blackrock.
February's rise came in
spite of several economic
reports that showed the U.S.
economy slowed in the previ-
ous month.
It started with the January
jobs report, which showed
employers only created
113,000 jobs that month. It
was far fewer than econo-
mists had expected. Other
economic reports told a
similar story. Consumer con-
fidence, manufacturing and
the housing market all fell
sharply in January.
Investors blamed the
weather, and rightly so.
Many companies, particularly
retailers, said winter storms
of the past two months
dramatically impacted their
business. Macy's said that
at one time in January, 30
percent of its stores were
closed because of inclement
weather.
Home Depot had a similar
story.
"We don't like to use
weather as an excuse but
we think we probably lost
$100 million in the month
of January," Home Depot's
chief financial officer, Carol
Tome, said in a conference
call with investors this week.
"Atlanta was frozen, for
example. It was tough here."
Even with the economic
concerns, investors were
able to set aside the volatility
of January for three reasons,
market watchers said.
First, corporate earnings
for the fourth quarter overall
turned out to be pretty good.
Earnings at companies in
the S&P 500 index grew
8.5 percent over the same
period last year, accord-
ing to FactSet. Revenue
growth also picked up, albeit
slightly.
The Federal Reserve, once
again, also came to the mar-
ket's side. Janet Yellen, who
in February took over the
role as chair of the Federal
Reserve, reaffirmed that the
central bank plans to keep its
market-friendly, low interest
rate policies in place for the
foreseeable future.
Lastly, weather, by its very
nature, is temporary.
Spring will come, at some
point, and the winter storms
that have kept businesses
closed and consumers away
from stores will fade, inves-
tors say. All that pent-up
demand will help the econ-
omy recover some of the
ground lost in January and
February.
"I think 70 percent, 80
percent, of the weakness we
saw in January and February
was weather related and we
will pick up strength in the
spring thaw," said Bob Doll,
chief equity strategist at
Nuveen Asset Management.
Investors will have less
information to work with
in March than they did in
February.
Earnings season is basi-
cally over. Of the companies
in the S&P 500 index, 484
have reported their results,
as have all 30 members of
the Dow, so investors won't
have any corporate earnings
news to respond to.
On Friday, the S&P 500
rose 5.16 points, or 0.3 per-
cent, to 1,859.45. It was the
second all-time closing high
for the S&P 500 in a row.
The S&P 500 is now up 0.6
percent for the year.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 49.06 points,
or 0.3 percent, to 16,321.76.
The Nasdaq composite lost
10.81 points, or 0.3 percent,
to 4,308.12.
A strong February wipes out S&P 500’s January loss
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan
— The Pakistani Taliban
announced Saturday that the
group will observe a one-
month cease-fire as part of
efforts to negotiate a peace
deal with the government,
throwing new life into a
foundering peace process.
Spokesman Shahidullah
Shahid said in a statement
emailed to reporters that the
top leadership of the militant
group has instructed all of
its units to comply with the
cease-fire.
"Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan
has initiated talks with the
government with sincer-
ity and for good purpose,"
Shahid said, referring to the
group by its formal name.
The leader of the govern-
ment's negotiating team,
Irfan Sadiqui, praised the
cease-fire announcement
while speaking on Pakistan's
Geo Television, saying the
government will review any
written document from the
Taliban about it.
"Today, we are seeing a
big breakthrough," Sadiqui
said.
In recent weeks, Pakistani
jets and helicopters have
been striking militant hide-
outs in the northwest, after
previous efforts at negotia-
tions broke down when a
militant faction announced
it had killed 23 Pakistani
troops.
The Pakistani Taliban has
been trying to overthrow the
government and establish its
own hard-line form of Islam
across Pakistan for years.
Tens of thousands of people
have died in militant attacks.
Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif has long promoted
negotiations over military
operations as a way to
end the ongoing crisis.
His efforts gained speed
this year when both sides
announced negotiating
teams held initial meetings.
But negotiations fell apart
after the deaths of the 23
Pakistani troops, and Sharif
has been under pressure
to retaliate for any Taliban
violence.
Critics of the peace pro-
cess say militants have used
previous negotiations to sim-
ply regroup. They also ques-
tion whether there is room
to negotiate with militants
who don't recognize the
Pakistani constitution. The
militants in the past have
also called for the removal
of all military forces in the
tribal areas as well as an end
to American drone strikes.
As the military has been
hammering militant hide-
outs, many in Pakistan have
been watching closely to
see whether the govern-
ment would order a large-
scale ground operation in
the North Waziristan tribal
region that is considered the
militants' stronghold. Such
an operation could spark a
backlash of attacks in other
parts of the country.
But a temporary cease-fire
could be difficult to ensure.
Some analysts point out that
the Pakistani Taliban is not
a unified organization, and
some of the factions are not
believed to support peace
talks.
Violence earlier Saturday
showed how difficult it could
be to enforce a cease-fire, let
alone forge a peace agree-
ment.
Two bombs exploded
minutes apart in northwest
Pakistan, striking tribal
police assigned to guard
polio workers and killing 11,
police said.
Police official Nawabzada
Khan said the first of the two
bombs struck an escort vehi-
cle in the Lashora village in
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa prov-
ince. It wounded six officers,
but caused no deaths, he
said.
Minutes later, another
roadside bomb struck a
convoy of tribal police offi-
cers dispatched there to
transport victims of the first
attack, killing 11 officers and
wounding six, Khan said. A
government administrator,
Nasir Khan, confirmed the
death toll and said they had
launched a massive hunt to
arrest the attackers.
No one claimed respon-
sibility for the two separate
bombings, but anti-polio
teams and their guards
have been frequently tar-
geted in Pakistan by Islamic
militants. They say the cam-
paigns are a tool for spying
and claim the vaccine makes
boys sterile.
Pakistan is one of the few
remaining countries where
polio persists. In most cases
the disease is found in the
northwest, where militants
make it difficult to reach
children for vaccination.
Also Saturday, a bomb
targeting security forces in
the southwestern province
of Baluchistan killed three
soldiers and wounded six,
the paramilitary Frontier
Corps said.
In a statement, it said
the soldiers were traveling
through the border village
of Washuk when a bomb hit
their vehicle.
Washuk lies 400 kilo-
meters (240 miles) south
of Quetta, the capital of
Baluchistan province, where
separatists have been fight-
ing a bloody insurgency
against the Pakistani govern-
ment for decades.
In another part of
Baluchistan, security forces
freed eleven foreigners,
including eight Iranian
nationals, who had been
abducted and held in the
town of Turbat, about 70
miles (110 kilometers) from
the Iranian border, said
Abdullah Khoso, the assis-
tant commissioner of the
town. He said officials were
trying to determine whether
five Iranian border guards
abducted earlier were
among the freed men. He
did not give any information
about the captors.
The issue of the abducted
border guards has height-
ened tensions between
Pakistan and Iran. An
Iranian minister on Feb. 17
said his country might send
in troops to recover the
guards, prompting a sharp
rebuke from Pakistan.
Taliban forces
announce cease-
fire in Pakistan
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TOKYO (AP) — The Mt.
Gox bitcoin exchange in
Tokyo filed for bankruptcy
protection Friday and its
chief executive said 850,000
bitcoins, worth several
hundred million dollars, are
unaccounted for.
The exchange's CEO
Mark Karpeles appeared
before Japanese TV news
cameras, bowing deeply.
He said a weakness in the
exchange's systems was
behind a massive loss of the
virtual currency involving
750,000 bitcoins from users
and 100,000 of the com-
pany's own bitcoins. That
would amount to about $425
million at recent prices.
The online exchange's
unplugging earlier this week
and accusations it had suf-
fered a catastrophic theft
have drawn renewed regula-
tory attention to a currency
created in 2009 as a way to
make transactions across
borders without third parties
such as banks.
It remains unclear if the
missing bitcoins were sto-
len, voided by technological
flaws or both.
"I am sorry for the
troubles I have caused all
the people," Karpeles, a
Frenchman, said in Japanese
at a Tokyo court.
Karpeles had not made
a public appearance since
rumors of the exchange's
insolvency surfaced last
month. He said in a web
post Wednesday that he was
working to resolve Mt. Gox's
problems.
The loss is a giant setback
to the currency's image
because its boosters have
promoted bitcoin's cryptog-
raphy as protecting it from
counterfeiting and theft.
Bitcoin proponents have
insisted that Mt. Gox is an
isolated case, caused by the
company's technological
failures, and the potential of
virtual currencies remains
great.
Debts at Mt. Gox totaled
more than 6.5 billion yen
($65 million), surpassing its
assets, according to Teikoku
Databank, which monitors
bankruptcies.
Just hours before the
bankruptcy filing, Japanese
Finance Minister Taro Aso
had scoffed that a collapse
was only inevitable.
"No one recognizes them
as a real currency," he told
reporters. "I expected such a
thing to collapse."
Japan's financial regula-
tors have been reluctant to
intervene in the Mt. Gox
situation, saying they don't
have jurisdiction over some-
thing that's not a real cur-
rency.
They pointed to the
Consumer Affairs Agency,
which deals with product
safety, as one possible place
where disgruntled users
may go for help.
The agency's minister
Masako Mori urged extreme
caution about using or
investing in bitcoins. The
agency has been deluged
with calls about bitcoins
since earlier this year.
"We're at a loss for how
to help them," said Yuko
Otsuki, who works in the
agency's counseling depart-
ment.
It's hard to know how
many people around the
world own bitcoins, but the
currency has attracted out-
size media attention and the
fascination of millions as an
increasing number of large
retailers such as Overstock.
com begin to accept it.
Speculative investors
have jumped into the bitcoin
fray, too, sending the cur-
rency's value fluctuating
wildly in recent months. In
December, the value of a
single bitcoin hit an all-time
high of $1,200. One bitcoin
has cost about $500 lately.
Roger Ver, a Tokyo resi-
dent who has provided seed
capital for bitcoin ventures
such as Blockchain.info, a
registry of bitcoin transac-
tions, said he believes bit-
coin will survive, possibly
emerging with better tech-
nology that's safer for users.
He said Mt. Gox people
were likely sincere but had
failed to run their business
properly.
"Mt. Gox is a horrible
tragedy. A lot of people lost
a lot of money there, myself
included," he said ahead
of the bankruptcy filing. "I
hope we can use this as a
learning experience."
Some countries have
reacted sternly to bitcoin's
emergence, but many people
remain fans of its potential.
Vietnam's communist gov-
ernment said Thursday that
trading in bitcoin and other
electronic currencies is ille-
gal, and warned its citizens
not to use or invest in them.
Late last year, China
banned its banks and pay-
ment systems from handling
bitcoin, although people still
use them online. Thailand
earlier put a blanket pro-
hibition on using bitcoins
and Russia has effectively
banned them.
There was still consider-
able appetite for bitcoin in
China, where it has become
attractive as an investment
since tightly-regulated state
banks offer very low interest
rates on deposits.
Even some with money
tied up in Mt. Gox were
undaunted.
Huang Zhaobin, a 21-year-
old student in Chengdu, said
he had lost 50,000 to 60,000
yuan ($8,125 to $9,750) from
the Mt. Gox closure.
"Actually this money itself
is the benefit from bitcoin
investment," said Huang,
who plowed 10,000 yuan into
bitcoins about three months
ago.
"If it is legal, I will con-
tinue to invest for sure as it
is the trend in the world."
In Singapore, Tembusu
Terminals, a joint venture
specializing in crypto-cur-
rencies, announced Friday
its first bitcoin ATM in the
city-state and plans for many
more. In Hong Kong, a
group opened what it said
was the world's first bitcoin
retail store.
Yang Weizhou, analyst
at Mizuho Securities Co. in
Tokyo, said laws to regulate
virtual currencies may have
to be created by countries
including Japan.
She said lawsuits from
those who lost money were
likely, and any court rulings
would chart unexplored ter-
ritory and help define the
reach of virtual money.
The trend toward such
technology for peer-to-peer
payments wouldn't replace
traditional money but was
here to stay because of its
convenience, she said.
"It is undeniable," she
said. "One must separate the
Mt. Gox problem from the
overall concept."
Tokyo bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy
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Susie Everett present Bauxite Superintendent Jerrod Williams with the keys to a new truck to be used
by the school resource officer.
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A pre-kindergarten class rides in the back of a new truck that was donated to the Bauxite School
District by Everett Buick GMC.
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LIVING
LYNDA
HOLLENBECK
SENSE &
NONSENSE
“I’m not crazy,
I’ve just been in
a very bad mood
for forty years.”
- Ouiser
“S
teel Magnolias,” the
popular play by Robert
Harling, will open
Friday night, March 7, at the his-
toric Royal Theatre in Downtown
Benton.
Performances will continue
Saturday night and Sunday after-
noon, March 8 and 9, and be
repeated the following weekend,
March 14-16.
Everett Buick GMC is spon-
soring the show, which is being
directed by Gina Welch and pro-
duced by Lisa Goodrich.
The entire play is set in Truvy’s
beauty salon in Chinquapin, La.,
where all the ladies “who are
anybody” come to have their hair
done.
Helped by her eager new
assistant, Annelle, played by
Tiffany Martin, the outspoken,
wise-cracking Truvy, played by
Caroline Simmons, dispenses
shampoos and free advice to the
neighborhood women. The group
includes Ouiser, a rich crosspatch,
played by Susan Troillett; Clairee,
an eccentric millionaire, played
by Maryann Waldemeyer; and
M’Lynn, the local social leader,
Lessons in free enterprise start in early years
“That sanctuary looks like it’s been
hosed down with Pepto Bismol”
– M’Lynn
“Pink is my
signature color.
My colors are
blush and bashful,
I have chosen two
shades of pink,
one is much
deeper than the
other.”
- Shelby
“I promise
that my
personal
tragedy
will not
interfere
with my
ability to
do good
hair.”
~Annelle
Story and Photos by Lynda Hollenbeck
W
hen I was grow-
ing up in Eastern
Arkansas, I
had never heard of Junior
Achievement. In fact, I was
unfamiliar with this eco-
nomic education program
until recent years — or so I
thought anyway.
Junior
Achievement
is noted for
its role in
imparting
leadership
and entre-
preneurial
skills to
school chil-
dren, which
certainly
sounds com-
mendable
in preparing
kids for the
workforce.
According to my research,
it was 1919 when the fore-
runner to the program
began teaching financial
literacy, work readiness and
entrepreneurship to students
in kindergarten through
high school. Back then as
now, the group emphasized
two main principles: produc-
tion and free enterprise.
Today, Junior
Achievement reportedly
reaches 4 million students
with programs that teach
financial literacy, entrepre-
neurship and workforce
readiness in Grades K-12.
Although we hadn’t
heard the name Junior
Achievement, I really think
a friend and I were its phan-
tom founders. It’s for certain
that its basic tenets flowed
through our bloodstream.
Starting with second grade,
we were using our entrepre-
neurial talents in a big way.
Remember the games you
played on the playground
during recess? For those of
us attending Cotton Plant
Elementary, recess was a
busy, energetic time.
We engaged in numerous
activities. Some were com-
mendable; some were not.
Some were approved; some
were not.
The account that follows
is about one of the “not’s.”
My friends and I loved to
play chase, and I don’t really
know why, except it was a
way to expend energy, de-
stress and generally just be
a kid, I suppose.
I don’t recall how we
thought of this, but Polly
Mac Churchill (now
Rothenbush) and I collabo-
rated on turning the activity
into a profit-making ven-
ture. (Junior Achievement?
Right?) We set ourselves
up to the “boss” level and
became the deciding forces
on who could “join” our
chase teams.
This wasn’t a “just show
up and play” kind of thing.
Nope. There was one basic
premise to the deal: Pay or
you don’t play.
Polly and I were the
cashiers, charging each kid
a dime to become a partici-
pant.
Similar to the premise of
the old song “Ten Cents a
Dance, this was “Ten Cents
a Chase.”
But we weren’t really
greedy. The dime would
allow a kid to play all day,
for both morning and after-
noon recesses. We kept
a list and would check off
each name as a boy or girl
forked over the money.
Everything was going
along smoothly until one
smart-alec kid interfered.
She wasn’t around the
first few days we were in
operation. I don’t know if
she hadn’t been at school or
what; I just know we didn’t
see her.
Then all of a sudden there
she was. She decided she
wanted to play and got into
line.
That’s when we encoun-
tered Trouble with a capital
T.
“Uh, Name (I’ll just call
her Name because she
doesn’t live too far away and
she may not remember this
incident the way I do), you
can’t play unless you give us
a dime,” Polly Mac told her.
Name started to sputter.
She put her hands on her
tiny hips, stomped her little
feet and said yes, indeed
she could do so anyway,
she wasn’t moving and
nobody could make her.
Furthermore, she wasn’t
paying anything.
Here comes Lynda into
the fray. I repeated Polly
Mac’s words, which made
the infiltrator furious.
“I’m not gonna pay you a
dime — not event a penny
— but I wanna play and
you have to let me,” Name
argued. “And if you don’t,
I’m telling Mrs. Walker,”
she threatened.
We thought she was just
crying wolf, but we found
out differently. The next
thing we knew Mrs. Walker,
our bustling, no-nonsense
(when she was mad) second-
grade teacher, was staring
us down.
“Polly Mac and Lynda
Lou!! Whatever do you mean
by charging money for these
children to play chase! You
ought to be ashamed of
yourselves!”
I thought she should have
been commended us for
the lessons we were impart-
ing in free enterprise and
entrepreneurship, but Mrs.
Walker didn’t see it that
way.
Instead she made us give
all of the money back to all
of the kids who had paid to
play and told us we couldn’t
do it ever again.
She said a lot more, too,
but most of it has blessedly
faded into the recesses of
my mind.
And like it is in most
small towns, news about
our exercise in capitalism
reached home before either
Polly or I did.
I’d just as soon not tell the
rest of the story.
Lynda Hollenbeck is senior
editor of The Saline Courier.
lyndahol@yahoo.com
played by Malinda Sandlin.
M’Lynn’s daughter, Shelby, is
played by Paige Carpenter, who is
about to marry a “good ol’ boy.”
The play became a popular
movie starring Sally Field, Julia
Roberts, Dolly Parton, Olympia
Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and
Daryl Hannah.
Playwright Robert Harling based
the play on a life experience involv-
ing his sister who, like the charac-
ter Shelby, died of complications
from diabetes.
“Steel Magnolias” consistently
is included when theater patrons
are asked to list their requests for
plays to be included in the Royal
Players seasons. The current pro-
duction marks the third time the
play has been presented by the
group.
Friday and Saturday shows
begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday mati-
nees are set for 2 p.m.
Reservations are being accepted
at 501-315-5483.
Tickets are available online at
theroyalplayers.com.
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Rylee Elizabeth Price
SALINE ENGAGEMENTS
Ledbetter — Long
Laura Ledbetter
and
Jesse Long
G
reg and Frances
Spann will cel-
ebrate their 40th
wedding anniversary at
Cross Bar “C” Cowboy
Church from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, March 7.
The couple married
March 10, 1974, in Jackson,
Tenn. They moved to
Benton in 1979 when
Greg Spann took a job as
a mechanic and his wife
worked in the health field
as office staff for many
years. He also served in the
U.S. Military Reserve for
35 years before retiring as
a lieutenant colonel after a
stint in Iraq.
She retired from the
Arkansas Women’s Center.
They have a son, Bert
Spann and wife Amanda of
Benton, and a daughter,
Deanna McGrew and hus-
band Derek. The couple
also has three grandchil-
dren, Cole Spann and twins
Logan and Landry McGrew.
The church is located at
10895 Highway 70. The fam-
ily asks that guests do not
bring gifts, but said cards
will be appreciated
L
isa Harness of Greers Ferry announces the engage-
ment and forthcoming marriage of her daughter,
Anna Leigh Harness, to Clinton Pipes Creecy. She is
also the daughter of the late Van Harness.
The bride-elect is a 2004 graduate of West Side Greers
Ferry High School and a 2007 graduate from the University
of Central Arkansas. She currently works for Biomedical
Solutions Inc. in Little Rock.
The prospective bridegroom is the soon of Brenda Pipes
and Jimmy Creecy, Sr. of Trumann.
He is a 2000 graduate of Trumann High School and
also attended Arkansas State University. He now works at
Arkansas Specialty Orthopedics in Little Rock.
The wedding will take place April 5 at Parker Homestead
in Harrisburg.
D
ustin Price and Racheal Clement of Bryant are the
parents of a daughter, Rylee Elizabeth Price, born
Dec. 19 at the University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences in Little Rock.
She is the granddaughter of Jeff and Sarah Clement and
Gary and Shannon Price, all of Benton; and the great-grand-
daughter of Otis Knox of Mabelvale, Irene Clement and
Mayree Stiles, both of Benton.
Rylee’s weight at birth was 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and she
was 20 1/2 inches long.
N
atalie Gail Parnell and Joshua Sharp Doyle Sr. of
Benton are the parents of a son, Kamdyn Rien
Parnell Doyle, born Feb. 17 at the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
He is the grandson of Gail Parnell-Bradshaw of Benton
and the late Bobby Wayne Parnell and Vernon and Lisa
Doyle of Alexander.
The family also includes Ashton Graham, 8.
Kamdyn’ s weight at birth was 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and he
was 19 1/2 inches long.
Anna Leigh Harness
and
Clinton Pipes Creecy
Harness — Creecy
S
teve and Donna Ledbetter of Bauxite announce
the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their
daughter, Laura Ledbetter, to Jesse Long.
The bride-elect is a 2009 graduate of Harmony Grove
High School and a 2013 graduate of Pulaski Technical
College.
She is now an employee of Saline Memorial Hospital.
The prospective bridegroom is the son of Rick and Karen
Long of Bryant. He is a 2005 graduate of Bryant High School
and currently is employed with Union Pacific Railroad.
The wedding is scheduled May 3 in Hot Springs Village.
Kamdyn Rien Parnell Doyle
Aimslee Fayelynn Henderson
P
aula Tyler and Jeremy Henderson of Mabelvale
are the parents of a daughter, Aimslee Fayelynn
Henderson, born Feb. 14 at the University of
Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.
She is the granddaughter of Rocky and Renae Koon of
Mabelvale; Brenda Burkes, William and Ethel Smith and
Helen Wilson, all of Hot Springs; and Rocky Koon Sr. and
Mary Gail Koon, both of Little Rock.
Aimslee’s weight at birth was 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and she
was 19 1/4 inches long.
Couple to celebrate
40 years of marriage
SALINE COUNTY EVENTS
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MONDAY, MARCH 3
MONDAY AFTERNOON
BOOK CLUB: The Monday
Afternoon Book Club will
meet at 1 p.m. Monday,
March 3 at Boswell Library
to discuss its chosen title.
The group is open to adults
18 and older. Call 847-2166
for more information.
 
MONDAY WITH THE
MASTER GARDENERS:
The Saline County Master
Gardeners and presenter
Mary Cowley will discuss
“Made for Shade” at 6:30
p.m. Monday, March 3 at
Herzfeld Library. The pro-
gram is open to all ages.
Call 778-4766 for more
information.
TUESDAY, MARCH 4
BENTON ADULT SOFTBALL
MEETING will be held
Tuesday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
at the Gene Moss Building
at Tyndall Park. Topics of
discussion will be poli-
cies, rules and regulations.
Men’s, women’s, co-ed and
church league teams are
encouraged to attend.
MARDI GRAS QUARTET:
The Saline County Library
will feature the Little
Rock based Dave Williams
Quartet in a Mardi Gras-
themed performance
Tuesday, March 4 at both
Saline County Library loca-
tions. They will perform
from 4-5 p.m. at Herzfeld
Library in Benton and from
6-7 p.m. at Boswell Library
in Bryant. The performances
are open to all ages. No
registration is required. Call
778-4766 for more informa-
tion.
THURSDAY, MARCH 6
THEATER TIME THURSDAY:
All ages are invited to enjoy
a family-friendly movie
selected for ages 12 and
under at 4 p.m. Thursday,
March 6 at Boswell Library
in Bryant. Call 847-2166 for
more information.
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
10TH ANNUAL GENEALOGY
FOR YOU SEMINAR will
be held Saturday, March
8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at Herzfeld Library. Cyndi
Ingle of Washington state
and the owner of Cyndi’s
List, the largest genealogy
website on the internet will
be the speaker. You must
register by calling 778-4766
because seating is limited.
You may also check out the
library’s website at www.
salinecountylibrary.org for
more information.
MARCH MADNESS
MARKETPLACE: Habitat
for Humanity is partner-
ing with WIN - Women
In Networking - to host
the March Madness
Marketplace on Saturday,
March 8 from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. at Bishop Park in
Bryant. March Madness will
be a vendor fair with over
30 vendors: food, gifts, jew-
elry, kids, home decor, and
fashion. The Easter Bunny
will be on site for pictures.
LITTLE MISS ARKANSAS
PAGEANT preliminary will
be held Saturday, March 8
at the Senior Adult Activity
Center in Benton. The
pageant is open to any
Arkansas girl between the
ages of 0 and 17. There
will be five age divisions
with and winter and two
alternates in each. The main
pageant will be held in Hot
Springs in May. For more
information, visit www.
littlemissarkansas.com or
call Barbara Johnson at 501-
318-7876.
FRIDAY, MARCH 9
RELAY FOR LIFE
REGISTRATION BLITZ: Relay
For Life of Saline County
will host a team registration
blitz from 2-4 p.m. Sunday,
March 9 at Starbucks (Alcoa
Exchange). Teams can
be small or large and will
raise funds that benefit the
American Cancer Society.
There is no minimum or
maximum age for partici-
pants. Relay For Life is an
overnight event (to be
held May 2, 2014 at Bishop
Park) where participants
celebrate cancer survivors,
remember those lost and
fight back against the dis-
ease. It is NOT an athletic
event (no athletic ability
required). Call 501-412-4239
for more information.
MONDAY, MARCH 10
BENTON BOOK CLUB: The
Benton Book Club will meet
at 5 p.m. Monday, March
10 at Herzfeld Library to
discuss its chosen title. The
group is open to adults 18
and older. Call 778-4766 for
more information.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
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KRIS
ELLIOT
D
o you know what
you are having for
dinner tonight?
Most families do not and the
decision is usually made on
the way home from work.
Menu planning can remedy
this for most
families, as
well as reduce
the amount
of money and
time spent
shopping and
preparing
meals.
When you
know what
you are hav-
ing for dinner,
some of the preparation can
be done in advance. Some
cooking methods can reduce
preparation time such as using
slow-cookers or Crock-pots,
stir-frying or steaming of veg-
etables.
Chopping and slicing of
vegetables to be used during
the week can save time when
you do all the slicing and
chopping at one time instead
of for each dish as needed or
use frozen vegetables. Use
leftovers as “planned overs,”
which can reduce preparation
time and save you money. For
example, leftover baked chick-
en and vegetables can become
a chicken pot pie when you
add a can of low fat cream
of chicken soup and top with
biscuits or crushed corn flakes,
serve with a salad and dinner
is ready.
When you are looking for
quick and easy meals, keep in
mind that a recipe with fewer
ingredients will usually limit
the number of steps in prepara-
tion. Try to use recipes that are
mixed, cooked and served in
the same container. This will
reduce the number of utensils
used and reduce cleanup time.
Select recipes that contain
ingredients that are low-cost
and that you usually have on
hand.
Make use of frozen veg-
etables and prepared sauces to
reduce preparation time.
“Clean as you go” will also
reduce the time you spend in
the kitchen. Have your kitchen
organized so that you can
locate your equipment, ingre-
dients and utensils. Store items
where they are used most
often.
Here’s an example of a
quick and inexpensive recipe:
Quick Veggie Lasagna
1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti
sauce
12 ounces lasagna noodles,
uncooked
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese,
grated
1 carton (16oz.) ricotta or
creamed cottage cheese
1 T. parsley flakes
2 cups mozzarella cheese,
shredded
1/4 T. oregano
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese,
grated
10 ounces of frozen spinach
Mix ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup
Parmesan cheese, parsley,
oregano and frozen spinach.
Spread 1 cup of the sauce in
an ungreased rectangular bak-
ing dish, 13-by-9-by-2 inches;
top with 4 noodles. Spread 1
cup of the cheese and spinach
mixture over noodles; spread
1 cup sauce and sprinkle with
2/3 cup of mozzarella cheese.
Repeat with 4 noodles, the
remaining cheese mixture, 1
cup sauce mixture, and 2/3
cup of mozzarella cheese.
Top with remaining noodles
and sauce mixture; sprinkle
with remaining mozzarella
and Parmesan cheese. Bake
uncovered in 350-degree oven
until hot and bubbly, about 45
minutes. Let stand 15 minutes
before cutting.
Wash and cut some veg-
etables, such as carrots,
cucumber, celery, summer
squash or zucchini squash for
a relish tray. Use some ranch
dressing for dipping; slice and
brush French bread with but-
ter, garlic, and parsley flakes
and dinner will be ready when
the lasagna is ready.
The children can help in
preparing this dinner by assist-
ing in the measuring of ingre-
dients, washing and cutting the
vegetables, and preparing the
bread.
If you would like more tips,
contact me at the University
of Arkansas, Cooperative
Extension Service, 1605
Edison Ave., Suite 15, Benton;
call 501-303-5672; or e-mail
me at kelliott@uaex.edu.
Mealtime quickies are a great
way to aid in meal preparation
‘STEEL MAGNOLIAS’
LYNDA HOLLENBECK/The Saline Courier
Ouiser (Susan Troillett) takes issue with a comment made by M’Lynn (Malinda Sandlin) in this scene
from the popular play. Ouiser is known for her less than affable disposition, while M’Lynn often serves
as the peacemaker for the women who flock to Truvy’s shop. Call 315-5483 for tickets or go to theroy-
alplayers.com.
LYNDA HOLLENBECK/The Saline Courier
Clairee (Maryann Waldemeyer) is one of the special customers of hairstylist Truvy (Caroline
Simmons) in the Royal Players upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias.” The show opens at 7 p.m.
Friday at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014
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ind is all around us.
It can vary from being a
warm, gentle breeze to one of
the most powerful forces on our
planet. Humans have used the wind to
propel sailing ships, provide electricity
and as an inspiration for mythology.
In nature, the wind disperses seeds,
reshapes the land and circulates our
global atmosphere.
This edition of Shortcuts is sponsored
by Earth, Wind and Fire.
The strongest winds in our
solar system occur on Neptune
and Saturn. Winds there can
reach 1,400 km/hr. (870 mph).
The strongest wind ever
recorded on our planet was
408 km/hr. (253 mph). It was
measured on Barrow Island,
Australia in 1996.
Most of the global wind on our planet is caused by a
process called “circulation.” Circulation occurs because
the sun heats the surface of our planet very unevenly. The
air above hot areas becomes heated and expands and rises.
Cooler surface air from surrounding areas then rushes in to
take the place of the rising heated air.
For more information on wind, check out these books: “The Magic School Bus Rides the Wind” by Anne Capeci (Scholastic) or “Weather Watcher” by John Woodward (DK Children). View past issues of Shortcuts at: www.shortcutscomic.com
Animals use
scents carried by the
wind to avoid predators
or locate prey.
Winds are identified
by the direction from
which they blow.
Why did
the wind quit its job?
There was too much
pressure.
What does
the wind do when her
son leaves for school?
Blow a kiss.
Why
did the wind
lose power?
It blew a
fuse.
What
do you get
when you cross
the wind with
a post office?
Airmail.
Do you
remember the
windiest night in
September?
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cartoon has
knocked the wind
out of my
sails.
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2 . C l o u d i s m o v e d . 3 . S w e a t i s m i s s i n g .
4 . A r m i s m i s s i n g . 5 . T a i l i s s m a l l e r . 6 . H i l l i s s m a l l e r .
A short burst
of strong wind is called
a “gust.”A sudden increase in
wind speed near a storm is
called a “squall.”
In the Northern
Hemisphere, winds in a low-
pressure area rise inward in a counter-
clockwise direction. Winds in a high-pressure
area sink outward in a clockwise direction.
The directions are reversed in the
Southern Hemisphere.
Air pressure
refers to the weight of
the air that presses down on
the surface of the earth. Most
local winds are caused by the
movement of air from areas of
high pressure to areas of
low pressure.
All of the planets in our
solar system, except for Mercury,
have enough of an atmosphere
to produce wind.
The rotation of
our planet combined with
heat from the sun create bands
of winds that circle the globe. The
"trade winds" travel along the equator
and blow from the east. The "westerlies"
blow from the west along the middle
latitudes. "Polar" winds blow from
the east in the areas
around the poles.
M O O S E C O U N T R Y Y
S U U D Z I L L Y A I N N
B N A W E L H L L A S E R
T R E E E A R O A D E R P
T U B B R S P O T U M U Y
S H O W B A T S A E Q S A
W B H L A S T O W N O S E
O I O I U N D N A P X E I
L W N G G R O W R A P R A
S A N D A H H O M E A P T
IN HIS FOOTSTEPS
God bless my daughter
A nurse, wife, and mom!
An angel on a mission
some say can’t be done.
“To be all three is impos-
sible.”
the naysayers say;
but walking in His foot-
steps,
she knows she’ll find a
way.
For God is in her corner;.
He knows where she’s
coming from.
He’s been there as a
healer,
A Father, and a Son.
-Mike Pafundi,
Hot Springs
HUMMINGBIRD
KISSED MY LIPS
I had eaten several
Hershey Kisses
And my lips were coated
with chocolate misses.
While hanging a container
of hummingbird juice,
I heard a loud hummmm-
mmm flowing loose.
I stood stock-still with the
hum under my nose
And realized a male hum-
mer might suppose
That left-over chocolate
was very sweet.
If I had moved of blinked,
he’d retreat.
Therefore, I kept my arms
and the feeder still
Because the hummers
beak on my lips was a thrill.
He continued feeding till
the chocolate was gone
Then slowly moved back-
wards to fly all alone.
My wife had been watch-
ing from twenty feet away
And couldn’t believe what
she had seen that day/
-Bill Simmons, Benton
FORGIVE
I can’t cal myself a woman
of God
I can’t be His daughter
If I don’t forgive.
How do you say you love
And not forgive?
How do you stop hurting
If you don’t forgive?
How do you release the
Pain, damage and lies
If you don’t forgive?
He forgave you on the
cross.
He felt your every pain.
He wiped your tea5rs
away
He carried you and
released you.
When you forgave.
-Kathy Easter, Traskwood
MY LOST DOG
Muddy feet and muddy
paws.
That’s the reason and
that’s the cause
For the tracks at my front
door
Could it be that my long-
lost dog
Found his way home again
If so, what happened to
him?
I did not feel so alone until
my precious
Dog was gone. I’d love to
have him home again
For he was truly my
friend.
-Mae Halbert, Little Rock
LITTLE DOG LOST
As each car let the park-
ing lot
Till it was nearly bare,
An orphaned dog with
longing eyes
Searched for someone to
care.
So when the last car
pulled away,
The little dog gave chase,
And out upon that busy
street
Began a frantic pace.
The screeching brakes
and honking horns
And all that traffic noise
Convinced the dog beyond
a doubt
To play with smaller toys.
But then some gentle lov-
ing hands
Placed him into the car
That carried him to his
new home
Where he became the
star.
--Don Crowson,
Benton
Send poems of 16 or
fewer lines to Don Crowson,
131 South First St., Benton,
AR 72015. Please enclose
a self-addressed, stamped
envelope if a clipping or
response is desired.
I
t was Wednesday, Feb.
24, 1993, and I had
recently been elected
Saline County clerk. At that
time the clerk’s office was in
the 1902 county courthouse,
with its Dearborn gas heat-
er, peeling plaster on the
walls walls,
and window
air condition-
ers in every
room.
Later the
office moved
across the
street into a
remodeled
area of the
Saline County
Complex.
It had been a normal day
as we had gone about our
business of filing and record-
ing various documents. I
had just finished selling a
marriage license to a young
couple from Haskell when
a local attorney, Meredith
Wineland, came through the
door to file a probate case.
Meredith always dresses
like a business lady, profes-
sional and pretty with her
coal black hair and dark
brown eyes and a smile that
would stop a freight train.
What I saw that day took me
by surprise.
A large mass of black
makeup was on her fore-
head and, by my observa-
tion, she was unaware it was
there. Making the assump-
tion that she was oblivious
to the foreign substance, I
deliberated how to tell her
so in a tactful way.
After she had taken care
of her business, I mustered
my nerve as I struggled for
the right words to address
this embarrassing situation.
I could have said nothing
and avoided the moment,
but that wouldn’t have been
what I would have wanted
someone to do for me if I
had been in a similar pre-
dicament. As a friend I felt it
was my duty to tell her.
So, I stammered and stut-
tered and said: “Meredith,
I need to tell you this; you
have makeup all over your
forehead.
She laughed and replied,
“I’ve been to the Ash
Wednesday service at the
church,” pointing to First
United Methodist Church
across the street.
Everyone in the office got
a big laugh out of it and so
did Meredith. That’s not the
first time and won’t be the
last time for the joke to be
on me.
As Loretta Lynn said in
the movie “Coal Miner’s
Daughter,” “I might be igno-
rant, but I ain’t stupid!”
This Baptist was ignorant
about Ash Wednesday and
Lent. Stupid, you can’t help,
but ignorance is no excuse,
so I set about to learn some-
thing about this unfamiliar
Christian celebration. The
little bit I did know about
was that Lent was a time
when you were supposed to
give up something. I figured
it was like a second chance
at a New Year’s resolution
for those who had already
abandoned theirs.
Starting from square one,
I began my research. I’m not
going to refer to the many
excesses, misuses and abus-
es of Ash Wednesday and
Lent, just the original intent
of the early Church.
This is a very short,
Reader’s Digest version of
the definition of Lent:
Derived from two Anglo-
Saxon words meaning
“Spring,” one of which was
the word for “March,” the
month in which the majority
of Lent falls.
“Lent is the span of time
in the church calendar that
starts with Ash Wednesday
and ends with Easter
Sunday ... Lent is gener-
ally observed as a time for
Christians to reflect, repent
and pray as a way of prepar-
ing their hearts for Easter.
It is commonly observed by
many Christian denomina-
tions — Catholic, Anglican,
Lutheran, Methodist,
Presbyterian and others —
The whole point is to focus
one’s heart and mind on
Christ Jesus during the jour-
ney to Easter.
Some Christians choose
to give up a habit or behav-
ior during Lent as an exer-
cise in prayerful self-denial.
This might range from
something as simple as not
drinking soda during Lent to
a full-blown program of fast-
ing ... ” (Bible Gateway blog
titled “What is Lent?”)
John R.W. Stott said:
“We need a time every year
for spiritual renewal. Just
as students need a spring
break, so do souls. Lent
is a wonderful season for
such renewal; as the physi-
cal world is renewing itself,
so should the spiritual.”
(Associated Baptists Press,
“Lent for Baptists”)
Ash Wednesday: “It
marks the first day of Lent.
The goal of Ash Wednesday
is to reflect upon our
humanness, our need for
forgiveness, and our con-
nection to Christ’s last days.
These themes are symbol-
ized by the imposition of
ashes on the forehead, with
the words, ‘You are dust and
to dust you shall return…’
during the worship service.
In the Old Testament, ashes
were a sign of repentance
and mourning.” ( “A Baptist
Who Celebrates Lent” Alan
Rudnick)
Purpose: “A time of prepa-
ration for the Resurrection
of Christ. It is a time of
renewed devotion…It is
a time, most of all, of our
return to the great com-
mandments of loving God
and our neighbor. It is not
a season of morbidity and
gloominess. On the con-
trary, it should be a time of
joyfulness and purification.
It is our repentance that God
desires, not our remorse.
We sorrow for our sins, but
we do so in the joy of God’s
mercy…” (Orthodox Church
in America)
Origin of Lent
Since the earliest time
of the Church, there is
evidence of some kind
of Lenten preparation
for Easter. “Millions of
Christians around the world
celebrate Lent, which pre-
dates every denomination …
We can trace Lent almost all
the way back to the disciples
…” ( “A Short History Of
Lent” by Tim Kimberley)
“Lent, like all Christian
holy days and holidays, has
changed over the years, but
its purpose has always been
the same … Early church
father Irenaus of Lyons
(c.130-c.200) wrote of such
a season in the earliest days
of the church … In 325, the
Council of Nicea discussed a
40-day Lenten season of fast-
ing … Though Lent is still
devoutly observed in some
mainline Protestant denomi-
nations, others hardly men-
tion it at all. However, there
seems to be potential for
evangelicals to embrace the
season again … For many
evangelicals who see the
early church as a model for
how the church should be
today, a revival of Lent may
be the next logical step.”
(“Christian History” by Ted
Olsen)
Why some denominations
don’t observe Lent: During
the Protestant Reformation
(1500s), the practice of
Lent soon died out in some
reformed churches, which
did away with the church
calendar in general. During
the 17th century most of the
celebrations on the church
calendar progressed into
drunkenness, promiscuity
and other forms of excess.
“American Puritans did
not celebrate religious
holidays, including Easter
or Christmas. The weekly
‘Lord’s Day’ was celebra-
tion enough.” (Christianity
Today: The American
Puritans)
“…Let us reclaim this
season as one of discipleship
and not legalism… Let this
Lenten Season not be a time
of contained sacrifice, rather
let it be a springboard for
continual sacrifice in order
that our discipleship might
not be a product of what
Dietrich Bonheoffer called
‘cheap grace’ that didn’t
demand constant repentance
and discipleship. Let us use
this season leading up to
the celebration of the glori-
ous resurrection of Jesus
Christ to respond to the
‘costly grace’ that put Jesus
on the cross that demands
not gifts nor works but
our all.” (Moody Church,
“Reclaiming Tradition,” Eric
Targe)
“Without the observance
of Lent, and Holy Week in
particular, Easter Sunday
fails to keep in proper bal-
ance the Cross and the
Resurrection as the two
main New Testament para-
digms for the Christian life
… Baptists not only can.
but should, observe Lent,
because it will help them
take up the Cross and follow
Christ in the midst of a suf-
fering world.” (Christianity
Today, Steven R. Harmon)
You might not see me
with black ashes on my
forehead next Wednesday,
but I do think a good dose of
self-examination, repentance
and self-denial in prepara-
tion for Easter wouldn’t be a
bad idea.
Freddy Burton
is a former Saline County
clerk who enjoys research.
freddyburton1@gmail.com.
Lent: A time of spiritual
renewal and repentance
FREDDY
BURTON
M
ost people know
of my interest
in earthquakes.
Many of them are concerned
with what I like to call the
“earthquake situation” cur-
rently going on in our next
door neighboring state of
Oklahoma. They come to me
for explanations, but I have
none to give.
I am flat-
tered, of
course, but I
want to make
it clear that
I am only an
“interested
spectator” on
the subject of
earthquakes.
My knowledge
has mostly
been gained
through my
reading and
from the internet, however,
scientists seem to be in the
same boat; they don’t know
what is going on either.
Any place on earth is sub-
ject to earthquakes at some
point in time; the earth is
not a solid sphere; it is made
up of a variety of materi-
als that can move around;
when something shifts in
one place, it affects the sta-
bility of another place, but
until our current century,
Oklahoma was considered
to be a stable area. True, the
state does lie within the New
Madrid earthquake zone, but
on the outer fringes. Until
the last few years, it was one
of the quietest places in the
whole world.
Earthquakes were few
and when they did occur,
they went almost unnoticed.
Between 1990 and the year
2000 there were only 39
minor shakes; in 2001 there
were none. The numbers
began rising dramatically
about 2009 when there 91
small quakes. From 2011
until the end of last year
there were 545 measurable
earthquakes; so far this year
(I am writing this Monday
Feb. 24th at noon.) there
have been 111.
Several theories have been
advanced. One is that the
New Madrid fault is causing
this. That is an easy theory
to advance as we know that
the area is a major location
for major earthquake devas-
tation. Another is “fracking.”
Fracking is a new method
of squeezing every last bit
of natural gas out of the
underground cracks where
they form. Mining compa-
nies extract all the natural
gas they can from the rocky
strata beneath the earth and
then fill in the empty crevic-
es with water, forcing to the
surface any traces that might
have been left.
The gas mining compa-
nies, of course, deny that the
fracking process is respon-
sible for the increase in EQ
activity. There is also some
evidence that they may be
correct, but at this point,
there is simply not enough
information to tell.
If, as many people living
in north Arkansas fear, that
area of the New Madrid zone
does experience a big earth-
quake, how would they fare?
That last “Big One” did
not do much damage to that
area, but one centered in
Oklahoma could be cata-
strophic. It is likely that we
would also suffer some dam-
age.
Just look at the huge
boulders that rolled down
West Mountain and rest
near Central Avenue during
the big quake of 1800s. And
they were much farther away
from the earthquakes’ epi-
center then than we would
be now.
Earthquakes:What is their cause?
ALMA JOYCE
HAHN
THIS, THAT &
THE OTHER
Sunday, March 2, 2014
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Breakfast
Monday: Waffles, Fruit,
Toast Juice, Milk
Tuesday: Biscuit,
Sausage, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Wednesday: Breakfast
Pizza, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Thursday: Egg, Biscuit,
Gravy, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Friday: French Toast
Sticks, Fruit, Juice, Milk
Lunch
Elementary and Middle
Monday: Chicken
Tenders, Mashed potatoes,
Broccoli, Roll, Peaches,
Brownies, Milk
Tuesday: Nachos With
Ground Beef, Shredded
Lettuce, Pinto Beans,
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Orange
Smiles, Salsa, Milk
Wednesday: Beef
Fingers, Mashed Potatoes,
Peas, Roll, Fruit, Milk
Thursday: Chicken
Sandwich, Potato Puffs,
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Apples
Slices, Mayo, Carrot Sticks,
Ranch Dressing, Pears, Milk
Friday: Pepperoni Pizza,
Salad, Ranch Dressing,
California Blend Veggies,
Sliced Apples, Milk
High School
Monday: Chicken
Tenders, Mashed Potatoes,
Broccoli, Roll, Peaches,
Apple Slices, Milk
Tuesday: Nachos With
Ground Beef, Shredded
Lettuce, Pinto Beans,
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Orange
Smiles, Fruit, Oat Meal
Raisin Cookie, Milk
Wednesday: Beef
Fingers, Mashed Potatoes,
Peas, Roll, Juice, Milk
Thursday: Chicken
Sandwich, Potato Puffs,
Lettuce, Tomatoes, Apples
Slices, Mayo, Carrot Sticks,
Ranch Dressing, Pears, Milk
Friday: Pepperoni Pizza,
Salad, Ranch Dressing,
Broccoli, Sliced Apples,
Juice, Milk
Benton School District
Elementary, Middle
Breakfast
Monday: Cereal with WG
toast or Cinnamon toast
crunch bar with WG toast,
Fruit Juice, Milk
Tuesday: Cereal with WG
toast or egg, cheese break-
fast burrito, Fruit Juice,
Milk
Wednesday: Cereal with
WG toast or Sausage roll,
Fruit Juice, Milk
Thursday: Cereal with
WG toast or Chocolate oat-
meal bar, Fruit Juice, Milk
Friday: Cereal with WG
toast or Oatmeal with WG
toast, Fruit Juice, Milk
High School
Monday: Cereal or
Chocolate chip oatmeal,
Fruit Juice, Milk
Tuesday: Cereal or
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Uncrestable, Fruit Juice,
Milk
Wednesday: Cereal or
Sausage Roll, Fruit Juice,
Milk
Thursday: No School
Friday: Cereal or Chicken
Biscuit, Fruit Juice, Milk
Lunch
Monday: Mini corndogs
with whole grain breading,
Ketchup, Seasoned broc-
coli, Baby carrots with dip.
Applesauce, Milk
Tuesday: Chicken que-
sadilla, salsa, Pinto beans,
Cucumber slices, Diced
peaches, Milk
Wednesday: Chicken
nuggets, BBQ Sauce, Great
Northern Beans, Seasoned
Carrots, Orange Wedges,
Milk
Thursday: Hamburger
on Bun, Mayonnaise, Oven
French Fries, Ketchup,
Lettuce, Tomato, Chilled
pears, Milk
Friday: Spaghetti with
Meat Sauce, Peas and
Carrots, Romaine Salad
with Ranch Dressing, Roll,
Pinapple Tidbits, Milk
Bryant School District
Breakfast
Monday: Blueberry
Waffle Bites, Juice, Milk
Tuesday: Mini French
Toast, Juice, Milk
Wednesday: Cereal on
the go, Honey Grahams,
Banana, Juice, Milk
Thursday: Strawberry
Mini Pancakes, Juice, Milk
Friday: Sausage and
Biscuits, Raisins, Milk
Lunch
Monday: Beef Bean and
Cheese Burrito, Spanish
Rice, Homemade Salsa,
Pinto Beans, Fresh Grapes,
Milk
Tuesday: Spaghetti w
Meat Sauce, Seasoned
Green Beans, Carrots,
Ranch Dressing, Hot Roll,
Diced Chilled Pears, Milk
Wednesday: Hamburger
on Bun, Shredded Romaine
Lettuce, Pickle Slices,
Mustard, Salad Dressing,
Ketchup, Apple Wedges,
Milk
Thursday: Chili,
Shredded Cheese, Corn
Chips, Cole Slaw, Pickle
Spears, Pineapple Tidbits,
Milk
Friday: BBQ Pork on
Bun, Carrots and Broccoli
Dippers, Tater Tots,
Ketchup, Peach Cobbler,
Milk
Glen Rose
School District
Breakfast
Monday: Sausage, egg
and Cheese Sliders or
Cereal and Toast, Fruit
Juice, Milk
Tuesday: Blueberry
Muffin or Cereal and Toast,
Fruit Juice, Milk
Wednesday: Biscuit and
Ham or Cereal and Toast,
Fruit Juice, Milk
Thursday: Cinnamon Roll
and Toast or Cereal and
Toast, Fruit Juice, Milk
Friday: Biscuit and Gravy
or Cereal and Toast, Fruit
Juice, Milk
Lunch
Elementary and Middle
Monday: Chicken
Sandwich, Mayo, Mustard,
Potato Wedges, Ketchup,
Lettuce, Tom., Pickles,
Fruit, Milk
Tuesday: Mini Corn
Dogs, Mustard, Baked
Beans, Carrots, Dip, Fruit,
Milk
Wednesday:
Chicken Fajitas, Salsa,
Lettuce,Tomatoes, Refried
Beans, Fruit, Milk
Thursday: Beef Veg.
Soup, Grilled Cheese
Sandwich, Tossed
Salad,Ranch Dressing, Fruit,
Milk
Friday: Chicken nug-
gets/BBQ Sauce, Mashed
Potatoes, Gravy, Steamed
Broccoli, Roll, Fruit, Milk
High School
Monday: Chicken
Sandwich, Mayo, Mustard,
Potato Wedges, Ketchup,
Lettuce, Tom., Pickles,
Fruit, Fruit Juice, Milk
Tuesday: Mini Corn
Dogs, Mustard, Baked
Beans, Carrots, Dip, Fruit,
Fruit Juice, Milk
Wednesday:
Chicken Fajitas, Salsa,
Lettuce,Tomatoes, Refried
Beans, Fruit, Fruit Juice,
Milk
Thursday: Beef Veg.
Soup, Grilled Cheese
Sandwich, Tossed
Salad,Ranch Dressing, Fruit,
Fruit Juice, Milk
Friday: Chicken nug-
gets/BBQ Sauce, Mashed
Potatoes, Gravy, Steamed
Broccoli, Roll, Fruit, Fruit
Juice, Milk
Harmony Grove
School District
Breakfast
Monday: Cereal and
Graham Crackers, Juice,
Milk
Tuesday: Chicken Biscuit,
Juice, Milk
Wednesday: Super Bun,
Juice, Milk
Thursday: Breakfast Bar,
Juice, Milk
Friday: Breakfast Pizza,
Juice, Milk
Lunch
Monday: Chicken
Nuggets, Macaroni and
Cheese, Black Beans, Fruit,
Milk
Tuesday: Pizza, Corn,
Salad with Ranch Dressing,
Banana Bread, Milk
Wednesday: Turkey
and Cheese on Flat Bread,
Potato Smiles, Lettuce,
Pickles, Fruit, Milk
Thursday: BBQ Pork on
Bun, Hash Browns, Baked
Beans, Fruit, Milk
Friday: Chili with Beans,
Cornbread, Crackers, Corn,
Fruit, Milk
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Auctions
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Leading Real Estate Auctioneers “Since 1961”
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E-MAIL: info@wilsonauctioneers.com - AAL #4
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WILSON REAL ESTATE AUCTIONEERS, INC.
Move-in Ready, 2,490+/- SF, 3BR/2BA Brick Home ~ Custom-built
in 1988 w/15x24 Ft. Shop ~ Desirable Area ~ Convenient Location
near Bryant H.S. & I-30 ~ Richardson Place Subdivision ~
SELLING REGARDLESS OF PRICE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER ON AUCTION DAY!
ABSOLUTE BRYANT HOME AUCTION
WEDNESDAY ~ MARCH 12, 2014 ~ 11:00 A.M.
301 FAIR OAKS DRIVE ~ BRYANT, AR
DIRECTIONS:  From I­30 in Bryant, take Exit 123 & go 1.7 Miles South on Hwy. 183/Reynolds 
Rd.  &  turn  Right  onto  NW  4th  St.  ~  Travel  1/2  Mile  &  Stay  Straight  onto  Richardson  Pl.  ~ 
After 0.2 Mile, Turn Left onto Fair Oaks Dr. ~ Watch for Property & Auction Sign on the Right.
REAL  ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:    This  Single  Story,  Brick  Home  was  Custom­built  in  1988 
by Larry Black in Richardson Place Subdivision ~ Property Consists of a 2,850+/­ SF Home 
Ìncluding an Attached 15x24 Ft. Shop that could Easily be Converted into an Offce or Guest
Bedroom, 2-Car Attached Garage, Large Covered Front & Back Porches ~ Home sits on
a  Beautifully  Landscaped  0.39+/­  Acre  Lot  w/Flower  Beds,  Ornamental  Shrubs  &  Trees 
~  Interior  Consists  of  an  Open  Living  Room  w/Cathedral  Ceilings  &  Brick  Wood  Burning 
Fireplace ~ Formal Dining Area w/Hardwood Flooring ~ Open Kitchen w/Custom Cabinetry, 
All Built-in Appliances & Separate Offce Area ~ Separate Eating Area w/Large Bay Windows
~  Master  Suite  w/Walk­in  Closet,  Jacuzzi  Tub,  Separate  Shower,  Dual  Vanities  &  French 
Doors  Leading  to  Covered  Patio  ~  Spacious  2nd  &  3rd  Bedrooms  w/Extra  Closet  Space 
~ Full Guest Bathroom ~ Oversized Utility/Mudroom w/Sink & Built-in Cabinets ~ Excellent
Location, near Bryant High School, Restaurants, Shopping & Everything Bryant has to Offer 
~  Selling  Regardless  of  Price  on  Auction  Day!  ~  For  Additional  Information,  Online 
Bidding Instructions on the Real Estate & Photos, Visit www.wilsonauctioneers.com or 
Contact our Ofñce ToII Free at 877-243-2289.
AUCTIONEER’S  NOTE:  If you're Iooking for a weII-buiIt and weII-maintained, one
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don’t miss this opportunity.  
TERMS  ON  REAL  ESTATE:    $25,000.00  Cashier’s  Check  (NO  EXCEPTIONS)  Down  Day 
of Auction,  as  Earnest  Money  ~  Balance  Due  at  Closing  ~  Closing  within  30  Days  ~  Title 
Insurance with Warranty Deed Provided at Closing ~ Property Sold Free & Clear of any Liens 
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SPECIAL INSPECTION:  Sunday, March 9th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. or Home can be 
Inspected Anytime by Appointment ~ Call Agent, David Brewer at 501-760-8510 or e-maiI
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Announcements made day of sale take precedence over printed material.
Auctions
WILSON AUCTIONEERS, INC.
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501-624-1825 * TOLL FREE: 877-BID2BUY
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DIRECTIONS:  From I­30 in Benton take Exit 116, Travel East on W. South St. (AR 229) for 
0.8 Miles & Turn Right onto King Road, then take the First Right onto King Road ~ Watch for 
Property & Auction Signs.
REAL  ESTATE  DESCRIPTION:   This  0.35+/­ Acres  is  in  the  Benton  City  Limits  w/All  City 
Utilities ~ Currently Zoned Residential (Not in a Subdivision) ~ Consists of (2) Homes; 1,108+/­ 
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117 KING ROAD ~ BENTON, AR
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Hiring: Finance Director
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for job descriptions, salary
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Applications may be
completed online or
picked up at the HR
office at 210 SW 3rd
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The City of Benton is cur-
rently taking applications
for Kennel Master in the
Animal Control Depart-
ment. Job function is to
clean and sanitize animal
cages, feed and water
animals, monitor animal
health and assist in Health
Department guidelines for
diseased animals.
Employee must possess
a valid Arkansas driver's
license. Interested per-
sons may obtain applica-
tions and a complete job
description at City Hall,
114 S. East Street, Ben-
ton, AR, Monday through
Friday, between the hours
of 8:00 A.M. and 5:00
P.M. or by visiting the City
of Benton website at
www.bentonar.org Dead-
line for returning applica-
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March 4, 2014. Entry level
pay 10.44/hr. EQUAL
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Employment
COLLEGE OF the
Ouachitas in Malvern,
AR is seeking quali-
fied applicants for
PART-TIME
INSTRUCTORS to
provide non-credit
training in the follow-
ing areas: motors
and controls, pneu-
matics, hydraulics,
precision mainte-
nance, welding, plas-
tic injection molding,
human resource man-
agement, presenta-
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Hiring procedures in-
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background check.
For more information
or to send resume,
contact Lynda Rich-
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Workforce Education
and Training;
501-332-0249 or
lrichardson@coto.edu
. COTO is an AA/EO
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printing business ex-
perienced only in es-
timating, buying mate-
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& in sales service.
501-687-2222, ext.102
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req. to work in
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center. Wages de-
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equipment a plus.
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Industrial & Medical
Plant Operator needed
at family owned & oper-
ated welding supply dis-
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preferred. Drug test,
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Must know blueprints
and CAD experience
a plus. Sales and
detailed oriented.
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phones, schedule ap-
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Attn:Laura
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Pay package i n-
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Apply in person at
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501-847-5276 Fax
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DUTIES:
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materials in local area
using flat bed trucks
• Loading & unloading
trucks.
• Good Customer
Service
MUST :
• Have a valid Ark.
driver’s License.
• Have a high school
education.
• Have a good driving
record.
• Be responsible.
• Be drug free.
• Be able to lift 100 lbs.
APPLY:
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718 S. East Street
Benton, AR 72015
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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Apartments
Unfurnished
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W&D conn., $500 &
up. Handicap access.
317-5190 / 317-5192
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Legal Notices SALINE COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS' MULTIPURPOSE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 72 – STONEHILL SUBDIVISION PROJECT, PHASE 7 NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE BOARD OF COMMISSION- ERS FOR SALINE COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS! MULTIPUR- POSE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 72 – STONEHILL SUBDIVI- SION PROJECT, PHASE 7, HAS ENTERED INTO ITS RECORDS THE FOLLOWING ORDER LEVYING UPON THE REAL PROP- ERTY OF THE DISTRICT A SUFFICIENT TAX TO PAY THE ESTI- MATED COST OF THE IMPROVEMENTS WITH TEN (10%) PER- CENT ADDED FOR UNFORESEEN CONTINGENCIES. ALL PER- SONS AFFECTED BY THE ORDER ARE HEREBY WARNED THAT THE ORDER SHALL BECOME FINAL UNLESS SUIT IS BROUGHT TO CONTEST THE ORDER WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. AN ORDER ASSESSING THE VALUE OF BENEFITS TO BE RE- CEIVED BY THE OWNERS OF EACH OF THE SEVERAL BLOCKS, LOTS AND PARCELS OF LAND WITHIN SALINE COUNTY PROP- ERTY OWNERS' MULTIPURPOSE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 72 – STONEHILL SUBDIVISION PROJECT, PHASE 7; ASSESSING TAXES THEREON, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES WHEREAS, all of the property holders owning property situated in Saline County Property Owners' Multipurpose Improvement District No. 72 – Stonehill Subdivision Project, Phase 7 (the "District"), have petitioned the Saline County County Court to form a property owners' improvement district to be organized for the purpose of constructing within the district waterworks, recreation, drainage, gas pipelines, underground trenches and excavations necessary for the installation of electric and telephone distribution systems, sanitary sewers, streets including curbs and gutters and sidewalks, together with facili- ties related to any of the foregoing within said District, to serve the inhabitants of the District; said purposes to be accomplished in the manner and of the materials that the Commissioners of the District shall deem to be in the best interest of the District, and the cost thereon to be assessed upon the real property of the District accord- ing to the benefits received; and WHEREAS, the County Court of Saline County, Arkansas has estab- lished the District to accomplish the above purposes by passing an Order on October 5, 2006; and WHEREAS, the assessments have been duly made by the Assessor of the District, who was appointed by the Board of Commissioners of the District, and filed in the office of the County Clerk pursuant to law, and notice of such filing was duly published in the Saline Courier, a newspaper published in and of general circulation in Saline County, Arkansas, on July 26, 2013 and August 2, 2013; and WHEREAS, on August 5, 2013, the Commissioners and Assessor for the District met at the place and at the time named in said notice as a board of equalization and heard all complaints against the assess- ments filed with the County Clerk, and equalized the same; and WHEREAS, no protest of the assessments was received; and WHEREAS, the benefit received by each and every block, lot and parcel of real estate situated in the District equal or exceed the local assessments thereon; and WHEREAS, the estimated cost of the improvements to Phase 7 of the District is $275,000 exclusive of capitalized interest and costs of financing; and WHEREAS, the assessed benefits (the "Assessed Benefits") amount to $565,156. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED by the Board of Commission- ers of Saline County Property Owners' Multipurpose Improvement District No. 72 – Stonehill Subdivision Project, Phase 7: Section 1. That each of the blocks, lots and parcels of real property in the District be assessed according to the assessment list of the District, as equalized, as the same now is of record in the office of the County Clerk as reflected on Exhibit "A" attached hereto, and the As- sessment of Benefits on each of the blocks, lots and parcels shall be collected by the County Collector with general taxes becoming due in the year 2014 and annually thereafter at the rate per annum of 5.435% until the whole of the local assessment, with interest thereon at a rate equal to the lesser of the maximum rate permitted by law or the rate of 10% per annum, shall be paid. Section 2. This Order shall have all the force of a judgment to be paid by the real property in the District in proportion to the amount of the Assessed Benefits as established herein and to be paid in annual installments as set forth in Section 1 hereof and the taxes so levied shall be a lien upon the real property in the District from the time of the date of this Order and shall be entitled to preference over all de- mands, executions, encumbrances or liens whatsoever created, and continue until all such assessments, with any penalty or cost that may accrue thereon, shall have been paid. Section 3. This Order shall be in full force and effect from and after its entry.IT IS SO ORDERED this 5th day of August, 2013. SALINE COUNTY PROPERTY OWNERS' MULTIPURPOSE IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 72 /s/ Travis P. Bull • Commissioner /s/ Mickey D. Cunningham • Commissioner /s/ Jerry Cunningham • Commissioner
Legal Notices IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY, ARKANSAS SUMMIT BANK PLAINTIFF v. NO. 63CV-12-591 JOHN BEDWELL AND SANDRA L. BEDWELL, THE ARKANSAS DEPT. OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION AND PAULINE W. MYERS DEFENDANTS NOTICE OF COMMISSIONER'S SALE Notice is hereby given that the undersigned Commissioner, pursu- ant to the Decree and Order of the Circuit Court of Saline County, Ar- kansas, which was rendered on the 25th day of July, 2013 in a case in which Summit Bank is Plaintiff and John Bedwell, Sandra L. Bedwell. The Arkansas Dept. of Finance & Administration and Pauline W. Myers are the Defendant will on the 20th day of August, 2013 offer for sale on a credit of three (3) months at public auction at the front door of the County Courthouse in Benton, Saline County, Arkansas to the highest and best bidder the following land situated in the County of Saline, State of Arkansas, to wit: ALL THAT PART OF THE NW 1/4 OF THE NW 1/4 OF SECTION 19, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 13 WEST; THAT PART OF THE NE1/4 OF THE NE1/4 OF SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 14 WEST; ALSO PART OF THE SE 1/4 OF THE SE 1/4 OF SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 14 WEST, MORE FULLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: Commenc- ing at the Northeast corner of said Section 24 and run thence S45˚37!15”W for 466.34 feet to the point of beginning of land herein described; run thence N45˚37!15”E for 205.14 feet; thence S44˚54!E for 559.87 feet to the Northwest right of way line of Arkansas State Highway No. 111; thence S40˚44!W along Highway Line for 313.31 feet; thence S24˚48!W along highway line for 111.12 feet; thence N69˚37!W for 10.55 feet to the intersection with the East line of Section 24 at a point that is 405.65 feet North of the Southeast corner of the NE1/4 of NE 1/4 of said Section; thence N69˚37!W for 687.8 feet; thence N22˚43!E for 132 feet; thence N45˚08!W for 602.2 feet to the Southeast line of the Union Pacific Railroad; run thence N45˚34!E along railroad right of way for 239 feet to a point that is N54˚17!24”W of the point of beginning; run thence S54˚17!24”E for 671.04 feet to the point of beginning Said sale will be held at 11:00 A.M. on the date stated. The purchaser at said sale will be required to give bond with approved security to secure the payment of the purchase price together with interest from the date of sale at the highest rate allowable by law, and a lien will be retained on said land to secure further said purchase price. WITNESS my hand this 17th day of June, 2013. Dennis Milligan, Commissioner, by Lana Davis, D.C. Prepared by:Donald M. Spears, Attorney at Law 113 So. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015 501-315-0092 fax 888-748-5786
Legal Notices NOTICE OF SALE Of an amount not to exceed $2,840,000 BAUXITE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 14 SALINE COUNTY, ARKANSAS CONSTRUCTION BONDS DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 Sealed bids will be received until 10:00 a.m. local time on August 20, 2013 For the above bonds, which mature serially on February 1 of each of the years 2014 through 2040 inclusive. All bids must be on the Official Bid Form or through PARITY. Copies of the Preliminary Official Statement, Official Notice of Sale and Official Bid Form may be obtained from Stephens Inc., 111 Center Street, Suite 2300, Little Rock, Ar- kansas 72201, Telephone No. (501) 377-6315, the District!s fiscal agent. Mr. Jerrod Williams, Superintendent
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Employment CLASS A CDL Driv- ers Great Home Ti me! Benefi ts & Safety Bonus Avail- able. Must have 1 year OTR in the last 3 years. Call Dancor T r a n s i t I n c . @866-677-4333 www.dancortransit.com DIETARY COOK with experience needed at Mt. Carmel Commu- ni ty Center. Cal l 501-315-1555 DRI VERS New Trucks Arriving Exp Pays up to 50 cpm, Full Benefits + Quality Homet i me CDL-A Req 877-258-8782 www.ad-drivers.com ENTERPRISE LANES Hiring Part-Time weekend help, me- chanical ability a plus. Starts at $8/hr. Apply at 1515 Military Rd. EXPERIENCED COOK/WAITSTAFF CALL HOME PLATE DINER ASK FOR RICK 813-4423 THE BAUXITE Police Department in cooperation with the Bauxite School Sys- tem is accepting applications for a full time School Re- source Officer for the 2013-2014 school year. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, August 8, 2013. Download an application at: www.bauxiteminers.org click on: District, Human Resources, Employment Opportunities or bit.ly/applybauxite TRUCK DRIVERS Wanted Best Pay and Home Time! Apply Online Today over 750 Companies! One Application, Hundreds of Offers! www.HammerLaneJobs.com
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Legal Notices
INVITATION FOR BID
Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for
the Network Virtualization Project, located at
Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas,
will be received from interested vendors until
March 7, 2014 by 4p.m. local time by mailing
or delivering in person to the following ad-
dress: 1800 Smithers, Benton, AR, 72015,
any and all bids will be opened in closed
session at the next scheduled library board
meeting to be held on March 17, 2014.
Please visit www.salinecountylibrary.org for
additional information. The Saline County Li-
brary has the right to accept or reject any
and all bids.
Legal Notices
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF SALINE COUNTY
PROBATE DIVISION IV
IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE
OF DORIS C. SIGLER, DECEASED NO. 63PR-14-076-4
NOTICE OF DEATH AND
FILING OF AFFIDAVIT FOR COLLECTING ESTATE
Name od Decedent: Doris C. Sigler
Last known address: 1019 West Hazel Street, Benton, Arkansas
72015
Date of Death: January 3, 2014
On February 18, 2014, an affidavit for collection of small estate by
distributee was filed with respect to the estate of Doris C. Sigler, de-
ceased, with the clerk of the probate division of the circuit court of
Saline County, Arkansas, under Ark. Code Ann.§ 28-41-101. The le-
gal description of the real property listed in the affidavit is as follows:
Part of Lots 5A and 8A of the Replat of Block Seven (7), Hilliard!s
Addition to the City of Benton, Saline County, Arkansas, more par-
ticularly described as follows: Beginning at the Southeast corner of
said Lot 5A and running thence Westerly along the North line of
Hazel Street 62.0 feet to iron pin set; thence run Northerly 174.35
feet to iron pin set in North line of Lot 5A, which point is 37.4 feet
Southwesterly from the Northeast corner of said Lot; thence North-
easterly 37.4 feet to Northeast corner of Lot 5A; thence Southerly
along East line 211.6 feet to point of beginning.
All persons having claims against the estate must exhibit them,
properly verified, to the distributee or his or her attorney within three
(3) months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or they
shall be forever barred and precluded from any benefit in the estate.
The name, mailing address, and telephone number of the distribu-
tee or distributee!s attorney is: GIBSON & GIBSON, P.A., Sam Gib-
son AR Bar No. 70028, Post office Box 211, Benton, Arkansas
72108.
This notice was first published February 23,2014.
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This in-depth section will take a look at the things that our community has done well during the past
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Section three will profile education in our county and section four will consider the people that help
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CAMRY COURT
in Bryant
501-804-0125
is Proud to announce
Newly open sister prop-
erty in Hot Springs
FORREST HILLS
APARTMENTS
201 South Rodgers Rd
1, 2 & 3 bedrooms
24/7 state of the art fit-
ness center, Pool, Play-
ground, fishing pond.
Private balconies
CONTACT: Savannah
OFFICE: 501-767-2626
After hours cell:
501-545-8563
Email:  forresthillsa
partments@yahoo.com
Visit our web-sites
www.arkansas
apartments.net
OR
www.apartmentguide
.com
NOTICE: All real es-
tate advertising in this
newspaper is subject
to the Fair Housing
Act which makes it il-
legal to advertise any
preference, limitation
or di scr i mi nat i on
based on race, color,
religion, sex, handi-
cap, familial status or
national origin, or in-
tention to make any
such preference. We
will not knowingly ac-
cept any advertising
for real estate which
is in violation of the
law. All persons are
hereby informed that
all dwellings adver-
tised in this newspa-
per are available on
an equal opportunity
basis.
Houses for Rent
BAUXITE 1BR 1BA
STORM ROOM 1
ACRE ALL APPL.
$650MO $350 DEP.
602-6161
2 BR, 1 BA, newly re-
modeled, Full kitchen
furnished, Lots of
storage, basement &
garage, 6 Mo Lease,
$700 mo. + dep. Call
501-778-3324
2BR DUPLEX- Bryant
No Pets $550mo plus
dep. Liberty Real Es-
tate (Rick) 590-3055
3 & 4 BEDROOM
$825 -$1400 mo.,
Haskell, Benton &
Bryant. 315-9370
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Houses for Rent
3BR 2BA (Bryant)
Double Car Garage
$975mo 315-4110
519 PEARSON 2Br
1BA $550mo + $350
Dep. No Pet s
326-3907
Eagle Properties
LLC
315–2075
Nice 2 & 3 BR Homes
from $500 to $925
Apartments
1 BR’s from $415
2 BR’s from $475
*based on availability
Deposit & References
Required
eaglepropsaline.com
FOR LEASE/SALE
New 3 & 4 BR, 2 BA,
brick, FP, ceiling fans,
carpet, 2 car garage,
patio. Go to: www.
catalyst-residential.com
or 501-697-6342
GLEN ROSE 3BR,
2BR MH. , $500.
501-425-5040
NEW 4BR 2BA
Fenced yard Vaulted
Ceilings 1800sq.ft.
$1150mo - $1250mo
Bent on School s
Please call 326-8000
Mobile Homes
For Rent
8450 CONGO ROAD
#3 Small 2Br 1Ba
Central Gas Heat
Water & trash paid
Handyman Discount
Nice & Clean
Ref.Req. $300 Dep.
837-5314
Miscellaneous
For Sale
HOMELI TE GEN-
ERATOR 5500 Watts
new in box. $500
cash 501-860-9016
LADIES 1CT
Diamond ring - 10k
gold. $150 cash
501-860-9016
Furniture &
Household
4X2.5 Cast Iron Table
/w 4 chairs glass top
$200, 1950 Complete
Antique BR suit /w box
springs & mattress $450,
Kenmore side by side ice
maker, works great $250.
Call 501-303-7515
Time to get your own
place? Check out the
Rental Section in to-
day!s Classifieds...
Lawn & Garden
Tiller/Tractor Attach-
ment $100 Please
call 501-317-5943
Sporting Goods
BROWNING (BEL-
GIAN) .380 cal. S/H
handgun $350 cash.
501-860-9016
THOMPSON 50 cal.
Blk Pwdr “Hawken”
Rifle with case & ac-
cess. $350 cash.
501-860-9016.
Musical
Merchandise
Cushing
Piano Service
Tune • Repair
Player Pianos & Pump Organs
778-6584
Pets & Supplies
BENTON ANIMAL
Control & Adoption
501-776-5972
benton.petfinder.com
BRYANT ANIMAL
Control & Adoption
www.bryant.petfinder.com
www.1-800-save-a-pet.com
www.1888pets911.org
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HAY FOR SALE
Round Bales
Net Wrapped. Call
501-317-1365
Houses For Sale
For Sale 2 BR, 1 BA
House, $5,000. The
house must be moved
from exsisting loca-
tion. 501-249-1425
or 501-778-3324
Mobile Homes
For Sale
WHY RENT? WHEN
YOU CAN OWN 4 LESS!
'94 16x64 2br $530
'95 16x72 2br $560
'99 16x80 3br $580
'00 16x80 4br $590
Lake • Fish • Walk Trail
Sunset Lake • 951-2842
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Legal Notices
PUBLIC NOTICE
The Saline County
Board of Election
Commissioners will
hold a public meeting
to determine by lot
the order in which the
names of the candi-
dates for the May 20,
2014 Preferential Pri-
mary and Nonpartisan
General Election is to
appear on the ballot.
The meeting will be
held on Friday, March
7, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.in
the "Vote Here Cen-
ter", 221 North Main
Street, Benton, AR
72015.
This is true even among young adults; 53%
of those between the ages of 18 and 34 turn
to newspapers over other media.*
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TURN TO
NEWSPAPERS
FIRST
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the top source of local sales
and shopping information
for adults in Arkansas.
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Shoppers
70%
Cable/
National TV
14%
Radio
1%
Internet/Billboards/
All others
15%
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D
uring the early days
of Bauxite, a small
mining operation
known as West Bauxite Mining
Co. was located where West
Bauxite Missionary Baptist
Church presently stands.
Several of the company’s con-
crete forms are still visible near
the back of the church.
Melvin
Spann worked
as an under-
ground min-
ing foreman
for Bauxite
Mining Co. In
October 1934,
a major cave-
in occurred in
those mines
and Spann
was trapped
beneath heavy
bauxite ore
and dirt for several hours,
while co-workers feverishly
dug away the crushing debris.
Every major bone in Spann’s
body was broken, including his
back in five places.
He was rushed to the
Bauxite Hospital, where with-
out necessary equipment the
doctor was able do very little
for his injuries. Spann’s wife
attended to his needs day and
night until a bone specialist,
Dr. Joe Shuffield from Little
Rock, was called to assess
Spann’s condition. Spann was
told he would never walk again
and was fitted with a body
brace to support his back.
In the accident settlement
with West Bauxite Mining Co.,
Spann was awarded housing
and utilities fully paid for life.
When West Bauxite Mining
was purchased by American
Cynamide Co., Spann’s settle-
ment was part of that sale pack-
age.
The Spann family then
moved to a home in Swamp
Poodle.
Eventually, Spann was
able to use a wheelchair and
approximately nine months
later was walking on his own
again. At that time, a friend
from Reynolds Mining Co.
approached Spann about work-
ing in the Reynolds’ under-
ground mines as a foreman.
Spann accepted the job and
again worked in underground
mining, until his retirement in
1945.
Melvin Spann’s children,
Clyde, Hubert and Anneice,
attended Bauxite Schools.
Clyde and Hubert were
outstanding football players
during their high school days
and Anneice was a popular
cheerleader.
At the end of the 1943-
44 Bauxite football season,
15-year-old Hubert Spann was
named to the Arkansas Class B
All State Team, a dream come
true for a ninth-grader.
Playing with the likes of
Ralph Brooks, Leon “Muscles”
Campbell and Euel “Tater”
Sweeten was a thrill within
itself. Being placed in the
Arkansas All-State Records
with those three star athletes
was the thrill of a lifetime for
Spann.
One memory Spann shared
about his football days at
Bauxite was that quarterback
Ralph Brooks was colorblind.
Not being able to distinguish
colors when he stepped back
to pass the ball, Brooks just
threw to the player who was
running downfield while look-
ing back at him.
At the close of the 1943-44
school year, Spann learned
that he would not be eligible to
participate in athletics in the fall
of 1944. Because of an unfor-
tunate accident just prior to the
end of the school year, Spann
had not been able to complete
one course to earn the needed
credits to enter the 10th grade.
The accident happened
while Spann was at a local car-
nival where he visited a game
booth that required throwing a
baseball at a group of milk bot-
tles. As he bent forward throw-
ing the baseball, his fingers
came in contact with a metal
object in the booth that severed
the end of his middle finger.
The injury made it impossible
for him to take his final exam
on the manual typewriter in his
high school typing class.
Spann received an “I”
(incomplete) final grade for the
typing class and was not eli-
gible for the course credits nec-
essary to advance to the tenth
grade or participate in athletics.
Disappointed, Spann dropped
out of school and joined the
U.S. Marines.
After his tour of duty as a
full-fledged Marine in Guam,
Spann was assigned to U.S.
Special Forces in troubled
North China, where the 1stDi-
vision U.S. Marines guarded
the railroad system and
assisted the Japanese in return-
ing home. A very sensitive
situation, little information has
ever been released about the
United States’ involvement in
North China.
After Spann’s discharge
from the Marines,he returned
home. His family had moved
from Bauxite to Benton after
his father’s retirement.
Spann then enrolled at
Benton High School as an
11th- grader. The Marines had
accepted his high school cred-
its and upgraded his education
status as having completed the
10th grade.
At Benton High School,
Spann participated in the
Panthers’ football program
under the direction of Coach
Eoff. At the end of his 11th
grade year, Spann completed
requirements for a GED diplo-
ma and also passed the college
entrance exam.
He then enrolled at
Arkansas Technical College
in Russellville. Upon comple-
tion of his freshman year at
Arkansas Tech, he transferred
to the College of the Ozarks in
Clarksville to enter pharmacy
school.
After graduating college in
1951, Spann spent 30 years in
the pharmaceutical business as
a traveling salesman. Finally,
after 10 years into his career
as a pharmacist, Spann com-
pleted the full circle to return
home again and joined the
staff at West Side Pharmacy
in Benton, where he has
remained for more than 25
years.
Spann is a very active mem-
ber of First Baptist Church in
Benton where he serves as a
department director for several
senior adult Sunday school
classes. He also sings in the
FBC Senior Adult Choir and is
a member of the men’s Bible
study class.
A widower, Spann has
two children. His daughter,
Carol, is also a pharmacist and
resides in Texarkana. His son,
Greg, currently serves as
pastor of the Cowboy Church
on Highway 5 near Benton.
Spann also proudly boasts of
becoming a great-grandfather
on Jan. 4, 2014, to twins, a
boy Logan and a girl Lendy.
Spann has now decreased
his working hours to two
days a week, giving him
time to travel some and also
improve his golfing skills.
However, he enjoys keeping
in contact with his custom-
ers, whom he now counts as
old friends.
These are Miner
Memories and some of them
are not so minor.
Ginger English was raised
in Bauxite. Her column
appears the first Sunday
each month exclusively in
The Saline Courier. She
can be contacted at veng-
lish1940@att.net.
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E
ach time I return
home to my
beloved Saline
County, I am amazed at how
much growth has occurred
since my last visit. I note
many new commercial build-
ings, apartments and single
family homes popping up
where – as my wife would
say — “boonies” formerly
ruled.
While I am
very pleased
so many folks
have “discov-
ered” Saline
County
because of
its friendly
folks, proxim-
ity to both
the capital
and Spa cit-
ies and a way
to live better
for less, I
also know
the other side of the coin
because I have seen it so
many times before in areas
where I worked in journal-
ism.
Saline County has always
been a wonderful place to
raise children, put down
roots and appreciate your
leisure time. When I was
a kid, no one locked their
front doors and kids had
neighborhoods full of com-
munity mothers and fathers
because we were all in each
others’ homes from time to
time. Everyone was watched
over, but not underfoot.
You were expected to go
outside and play and don’t
come in till it was dark or a
parent stuck his or her head
out the door and hollered
for ‘ya (grin).
Growth is those days
was slow but steady, and
it seemed that our schools
were not that crowded.
While I don’t have the fig-
ures close at hand, I’ll just
about bet that the number of
new kids coming to school
as first-graders equaled
those marching out the
other side with diplomas in
hand or entering the work-
ing world.
Just witness the fact that
there has not been a new
elementary school con-
structed since I graduated
almost a half-century ago,
despite the city’s population
more than doubling since
the early ‘70s...
Of course, Bryant is a dif-
ferent story. In many ways it
is like a former county I cov-
ered a few years ago. It was
the richest and fastest grow-
ing real estate in Virginia.
Loudoun County was some-
times building four or five
schools a year about the
size of Bryant High School
trying to keep up with that
demand.
Public school is funded
differently in Virginia. The
county commission receives
the budget request from
the school district and
then decides how much
“they really need or we can
afford.”
The building program
was funded with bond pro-
gram after bond program
backed by the county. I
remember one meeting
when the commissioners
heard the treasurer say that
within 20 years the lion’s
share of the county’s total
budget would go toward
paying bond interest.
Of course, here in
Arkansas the taxpayers
decide how much schools
will receive (more-or-less)
based on their millage rate
and an ever-changing valu-
ation of what their property
is worth.
Recently, Bryant dis-
trict honchoes asked for
a healthy increase in the
tax rate to construct new
schools and modernize the
facilities that they have, plus
maybe a little “slush fund”
if there was any money left
over.
The voters resoundingly
said “no” and now the dis-
trict is left with a sack of
beans instead of a beanstalk.
I contend that taxpayers
should not have to bear
the burden that increased
growth brings to an area
– not only in schools, but
such intrinsics as roads,
traffic signals, drainage,
need to expand utilities such
as water, sewer and under-
ground power and commu-
nications facilities.
Developers should be
forced by law – as they are
in many states – to pay what
are known as “impact fees”
which are determined by
the size of their projects.
How is it fair for developers
to come in to an area, build
homes and apartment build-
ings that will house hun-
dreds or thousands of kids
and their families?
How is it fair for them to
reap millions in profits and
the taxpayers have to fund
the infrastructure for their
subdivisions, apartment
complexes, massive stores
and other facilities?
I edited several newspa-
pers in Texas and Florida
and that experience opened
my eyes when it came to
how to regulate develop-
ment and make sure that it
is in the overall good for the
public, not a load on their
pocketbooks.
One development which
comes to mind was in
Humble, Texas, just a few
miles north of Houston. A
developer petitioned the
city’s development agency
to build a huge residential
complex with attached com-
mercial center. It was a
several million-dollar project
and the developers were
touting how “good it was
going to be for the city and
how many jobs it was going
to bring” … all that stuff.
Because it was going to
be so good for this city, they
felt it was not necessary to
pay for such things as lay-
ing water mains, drainage,
sewer pipes and pumps, and
underground power. The
city staff and city councils
members on the commit-
tee were not amused and
denied the entire project,
but told them to come back
later and the city would pro-
pose an alternate plan.
The development is a few
miles from the city’s utili-
ties like water and sewage
and the Humble officials
said, (paraphrased), “Hey …
here’s an idea: We and you
know that once you are built
up, other developers will
come along and do some-
thing with the land along
which your pipelines would
be built. We say you pay for
the pipelines and as others
come along, your company
can charge them to attach
to the lines you laid. That
way, you can recover some
of your costs and we don’t
have to invest in your ven-
ture.”
Not only did the develop-
er reluctantly sign that part
of the agreement, he was
forced to count the number
of toilets and showers being
installed in the entire proj-
ect, figure out about how
much they would be used,
and then pay impact fees
enough to expand the water
and sewer plant to meet that
need before the develop-
ment was completed.
In addition, they esti-
mated the number of people
living there, including
children. Developers had
to provide the land, the
buildings and equipment for
elementary schools and a
high school, as well as a fire
and police substation.
All that at the expense
of the developers and not
a single dime of taxpayer
money or utility customers
spent increasing their cost
for expanding capacity.
The same held true in
Florida.
I am not sure how many
states allow governing bod-
ies to impose impact fees,
but apparently Arkansas
either does not, or doesn’t
go far enough – probably
because developers use
some of their profits to pay
good lobbyists (grin).
I’m all for growth, but not
on the backs of those who
came before. It’s time to tell
developers if they want to
come to anywhere in Saline
County, be prepared to con-
tribute – not just reap the
harvest.
Note to Freddy Burton –
your story last week on the
old Panther Den brought
back so many memories.
Thanks from all the geezers
who revel in yesterday’s
memories.
The opinions expressed
herein are solely mine and
are not necessarily those of
the staff, management or
advertisers of this publica-
tion. Feel free to email me at
dhughes248@gmail.com with
your thoughts. I may include
them in future columns
unless you explicitly ask me
not to. Include your phone
number if you wish to talk to
me personally. Thanks.
Developers should shoulder fair share
DAVID
HUGHES
GET THE
POINT
GINGER
ENGLISH
MINER
MEMORIES
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