Leader Blues

Monday, July 16, 2007

EVENTS>>Summer 2007

Drug Court Awareness Day planned Thursday in Lonoke
The public is invited to celebrate Drug Court Awareness at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on the Lonoke County Courthouse grounds sponsored by Judge Phillip Whiteaker, presiding judge on the 23rd Judicial Circuit Drug Court. Food will be provided by Community Bank.

Cabot High School Class of ‘87plans 20-year reunion
The Cabot High School Class of 1987 will hold its 20-year reunion in October. The two-day event will kick off Friday, Oct. 12 at the Cabot Panther homecoming football game and will continue with a dinner in Little Rock on Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information, class members can contact Lisa (Young) Lee at CabotHigh87@yahoo.com or visit the official class website at www.CabotHigh87.com.

Lonoke County retired teachers meet Monday
Lonoke County Retired Teachers will meet Monday, Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at Mt. Tabot UMC in Cabot. Lunch will be finger food. Bring your favorite food. Speaker will Mary Alice Hughes speaking about coming changes in the 2008 insurance program.
The group is asked to bring baby items such as forumula and diapers to be dontated to Safe Haven. All retired school personel are encouraged to join the group. For more information call Presisdent Francise Wittenberg at 843-5285.

Wing Ding to be held in Jacksonville this weekend
The Jacksonville Wing Ding festival will be held at Dupree Park Saturday, Oct. 6 starting at 7:30 a.m. Admission and parking are free. Many events are planned.
From 7:30 a.m. to noon, Ashland chemical company will sponsor a fishing derby. A 5K benefiting Special Olympics Arkansas will begin at 7:30 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., registration for the Central Arkansas Volleyball Association’s game begins.
The CenturyTel Food Court will be serving hot dogs, corn dogs, shish kebabs, roasted corn, kettle corn, pizza, nachos, funnel cakes, barbeque, snowcones, fried Twinkies and Oreos, catfish and more all day.
Leader Publishing is holding a chicken wing cook off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Junior Auxiliary children’s tent will open at 9 a.m. and will have face painting, puppet shows, balloons, a box maze and games. There will also be a moonwalk, a trackless train, pony rides and more amusements for all ages.
A Rebsamen Medical Center health tent, the Firefighter’s Exhibit and the Moon Mullins Memorial Bike Show will be open all day beginning at 9. At 9:30 a.m., First Electric Co-op Glider Wars will assemble. Competition starts at 10:30 a.m. Paddleboat rides sponsored by Arkansas Federal Credit Union will be available from noon to 6 p.m. Entertainment on the Community Bank and First Arkansas Bank & Trust stages will last all day.

White County Junior Miss committee offers scholarship money
The White County Junior Miss committee is searching for college-bound young women who are high school seniors and have grade-point averages of at least 2.5 to compete for scholarship money.
Information letters are available in the counselors’ offices at each White County high school.
Those who are interested in entering the program should go to America’s Junior Miss website at www.ajm.org and click on the “Join Us” screen.
The White County Junior Miss program will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 in the administration auditorium at Harding University. The program is in its tenth year.
For questions, contact the local chairman Cindy Dixon at 501-278-5831 or Robyn Pratt at 501-593-1461 or state chairman Nancy Thompson at 501-268-6292.

Cabot High School homecoming parade will be held Sunday
The Cabot High School homecoming parade will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 beginning at the intersection of Panther Trail and Hwy. 89.
The parade ends at Main Street so observers should find a viewing position on Hwy. 89 between Main Street and Panther Trail.
In case of rain, the parade will not be rescheduled and instead, floats may be taken to the high school track for the homecoming game.
Cabot High School’s homecoming game will be held Friday, Oct. 12 as will homecoming games in Beebe and Sylvan Hills High Schools. Jacksonville will have homecoming festivities on Friday, Oct. 19.
Pulaski County Juvenile Court is now recruiting individuals to be trained as volunteer probation officers. These volunteers work with first time offenders to provide one-on-one supervision in an effort to redirect youth at risk.
The next training session for new volunteers will be Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with participation in a mock trial the following Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., for a total of 12 hours. For more information or an application call 501-340-6676.

16th Section Community planning Saturday fish fry
The Sixteenth Section Community Center will host a Fish Fry, All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, on Saturday, Oct. 6th beginning at 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 each for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 10. Includes bottomless drink and a variety of homemade desserts. Public and groups are invited. Funds raised will be used for maintenance of the center. Located on Hwy 319 East, two blocks from the intersection of Hwy 5 and Hwy 319.

Brockington will widen to 5 lanes in Sherwood

The state Highway Commission has opened bids to improve roads in Pulaski County, including the widening of approximately one mile of Brockington Road in Sherwood. Plans are to widen Brockington Road to five lanes and add sidewalks. The contract was awarded to Mobley Contractors of Morrilton for $4,297,032.

“This widening project will begin at Maryland Avenue and extend northward to Hwy. 107,” said commissioner Cliff Hoofman of North Little Rock. “The improvements will ease congestion through the area and make this a safer roadway for motorists in the area of Sherwood. Future plans call for widening the south end of the roadway down to Kiehl Avenue.”

The second project is to construct a new overpass for Hwy. 100 over I-40 at Crystal Hill and was awarded to Mobley Contractors for $6,076,585.

“The new overpass on Hwy. 100 will be five lanes and will better handle traffic in the Crystal Hill area,” Hoofman added.
Hoofman said construction could begin on the projects in six to eight weeks, weather permitting. The completion of the Brockington Road and the Hwy. 100 projects are expected in 2009.


Cabot City Beautiful Fall Cleanup set Saturday

Cabot City Beautiful Fall Cleanup is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, behind the Public Schools Administration Building at 602 N. Lincoln St. Cleanup will continue until noon when lunch will be provided to all volunteers.
This fall’s cleanup will consist of litter pick-up only. Please call Irene Ernst at 501-941-0118 with any questions.


Knights of Columbus planning Oktoberfest

The Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 11604, in Jacksonville will hold its annual Oktober Fest at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 2403 McArthur Drive.

Delicious German food and beverages will be served. There will be German music and dancing. The cost is $25 per couple or $15 for individuals.

This is for adults only. For information call Linda Seidl at 501-843-7655 or 501-626-1547.


Ashland in Jacksonville holding response drill

Ashland Performance Materials manufacturing plant in Jacksonville will have an emergency response drill at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday at 1901 North Redmond Road. Jacksonville’s fire and police departments, the Little Rock Air Force Base fire department and Rebsamen Medical Center will be participants in the annual exercise.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Pulaski County Office of Emergency Management and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management will monitor the exercise.

The purpose of the simulated drill is to let emergency workers practice their training and to test coordination and cooperation in dealing with an emergency situation. The plant’s evacuation alarm will sound the start of the drill. Jacksonville police will monitor traffic on Redmond Road near the plant during the exercise. The drill will be completed within two hours.


Avian bird show and sale Saturday in Jacksonville

Avian enthusiasts from all over the U.S. are flocking to Jacksonville. Saturday’s show will feature hundreds of birds and the avian experts who have raised them. There will be a great selection of birds, cages, toys, feeds and hard-to-find avian specialty items for show and sale. Truck-loads of brand new cages will be sold at wholesale cost to the public. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Jacksonville Community Center. For more information, call 901-878-1307 or visit www.birdshows.com.


The 2007 Cabot High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7.

The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Panther Trail and
Hwy. 89. It is emphasized to the community that the parade ends at Main
Street; therefore, observers should find a viewing position on Hwy. 89
between Main Street and Panther Trail.

In case of rain, the parade will not be rescheduled but instead of the
parade, floats may be taken to the high school track for the homecoming
game.

Registration forms are available online at the Cabot Public Schools website
www.cabt.k12.ar, the Cabot High School website
www.cabot.k12.ar.us/schools/chs, or at any school office. The deadline to
register is Friday, September 28.


Commodities being distributed Thursday

The Community Action Program of Central Arkansas will hold a commodity distribution from 8:30 a.m. until noon, Thursday, Sept. 27 at the A.J. “Bo” Baker National Guard Armory, 3105 S. Main Street, Searcy.

You must show proof of income (not more than $1,483 for a two-person household) and White County residency to receive the commodities which include canned corn and carrots, tomato soup, spaghetti sauce, dried milk, peanut butter, rice, beans and grapefruit juice.


Jacksonville Dog Park committee to hold meeting

The Jacksonville Dog Park Committee will have its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Jacksonville Community Center.

For more information call 982-0818.


Sherwood church will host revival services

Sherwood First Church of the Nazarene will hold revival services Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 26-30 with Rev. Pat Burkhalter. Services will begin at 7p.m. on weeknights, 6 p.m. on Saturday evening and will meet at regular worship time on Sunday morning.

There will be a fall picnic held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.


Military spouses club plans Mad Hatter tea party

Please join the Little Rock Air Force Base Spouses Club for a Mad Hatter Tea Party luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the LRAFB Conference Center. Membership is open to any spouse of an active duty, guard, reserve or DoD employee or retiree. Check-in and daycare drop-off begins at 10:30 a.m. with the tea party starting at 11 a.m.

Tjuana Byrd, our guest speaker for the function, is from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure for breast cancer. The tea party meal will be grilled chicken salad, fresh bread, coffee, tea, water and a dessert buffet; $9.95 for club members, $10.95 for non-club members.

Contests and prizes will be given for best tea party hat and “Alice in Wonderland” trivia. Limited childcare is $4 per child (cash only) at the TCAC. To RSVP for the function and childcare, visit www.littlerockspouses.com or contact Rachel Kreps at 501-765-0316.

Reservations are required by 5 p.m. Monday, September 24.


Juvenile volunteer probation officers needed

Pulaski County Juvenile Court is now recruiting individuals to be trained as volunteer probation officers. These volunteers work with first- time offenders to provide one-on-one supervision in an effort to redirect youth at risk. Any person who is over the age of 21, has no criminal history or involvement in the Juvenile Court System, and is interested in helping our youth may volunteer.

Your time commitment can be as little as on hour a week or as much time as your schedule allows.

The next training session for new volunteers will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and participation in a mock trial the following Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. for a total of 12 hours. For more information or an application call 340-6676.


Cabot Fall cleanup slated for Sept. 29

Cabot City Beautiful’s Fall Cleanup will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning behind the Public Schools Administration Building at 602 N. Lincoln St. Cleanup begins at 9 a.m. and will continue until noon, at which time lunch will be provided to all volunteers. This year’s cleanup will consist of litter pick up only. For questions or to volunteer, call Irene Ernst at 941-0118.



Car seat safety check planned at Cabot Wal-Mart

The Junior Auxiliary of Cabot, will host the sixth annual car seat safety check at the Cabot Wal-Mart SuperCenter from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The car seat check is free and open to anyone using a child restraint system in a vehicle. Car seats will be checked by certified car seat safety technicians from Cabot Junior Auxiliary, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Cabot Fire and Police Departments and the Little Rock Police Department.

According to Arkansas law, children younger than 5 years of age and weighing less than 60 pounds must be in a car seat. Children age 6 to 14 and weighing more than 60 pounds must use an adult seat belt.

For more information contact Shelley Tounzen, Junior Auxiliary of Cabot Buckle Buddies Coordinator, 501-993-4496.


Cabot high school homecoming parade slated

The 2007 Cabot High School Homecoming Parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of Panther Trail and Hwy. 89. It is emphasized to the community that the parade ends at Main Street; therefore, observers should find a viewing position on Hwy 89 between Main Street and Panther Trail.

In case of rain, the parade will not be rescheduled. In lieu of a parade, floats may be taken to the High School track for the Homecoming game.

Registration forms are available online at the Cabot Public Schools website www.cabt.k12.ar, the Cabot High School website www.cabot.k12.ar.us/schools/chs, or at any school office. The deadline to register is Friday, September 28th.



American Red Cross has issued an appeal for persons throughout the state to donate blood as soon as possible. To locate and schedule an appointment call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543).


Cabot artist selected for annual exhibition

Marty Smith, a Cabot artist who works at The Leader, will have her work displayed at the Fine Arts Center, 610-A Central Ave. in Hot Springs for the third annual Diamond National Juried Exhibition.
Smith is a graphic designer and web master at The Leader.
The exhibit runs from Sept. 5 to Oct. 2 with an opening reception to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.
Gallery hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information on the exhibit and directions to the center, one may call 501-624-0489.



National Senior Center Month will be observed

This September, the Jacksonville Senior Center invites the community to learn more about its programs and services during National Senior Center Month.
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Senior Centers Work!’ and a number of activities have been planned, including bargains, beans and cornbread, a craft sale for the entire community, at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21. During the sale beans, cornbread and a yummy dessert will be served for $5. If you are interested in having a booth at the crafts event or to purchase tickets for the lunch, contact David Adamson at 501-982-7531.