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7 ELIGIBLE FOR CLERK/TREASURER POSITION SEARCY ALL-STARS HEADING TO STATE Applicants for the Searcy clerk/treasurer position will be interviewed by the city council. — PAGE 3A

The Dixie League 13-and-under Searcy All-Stars open tourney play in Nashville Friday. — PAGE 1B

Suspect: Shooting death accidental

Asbestos removal ADEQ told Kensett officials and private property owners Wednesday that disposing of asbestos-contaminated material and uncontaminated debris separately may reduce the cost of cleanup.


Asbestos removal could cost less

A man who first reported the death of his then-girlfriend as

a suicide now claims her death was the result of an accident involving a loaded gun. Charles S. Berry, 48, of

Murder arrest Who: Charles S. Berry, 48, Searcy Charge: Second-degree murder More info: Berry said that while playing with a loaded gun, it accidentally discharged and the shot hit then-girlfriend Donna Kennedy, 42, on April 20. The death was originally reported as a suicide.

Searcy, first told investigators at the White County Sheriff’s OfPlease see MURDER | 2A


ADEQ clarifies expectations for Kensett asbestos disposal, debris cleanup BY MARISA LYTLE

KENSETT — City officials and three property owners have a new option for dealing with the removal of asbestos from five buildings destroyed in a Jan. 29 fire. Council members and the property owners — Bill Mills, Estelene Sebourn and Donnie Starkey — met with three representatives of the Arkansas Department of EnvironPlease see ADEQ | 2A

Ranan Hester Who: New Harding Assistant Dean of Students Education: Graduate of Harding and holds a Master of Education from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri

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Kaylee (left) and Gavin Bodiford play an educational game on the computer at the Searcy Public Library on Wednesday. The siblings are new library patrons, having recently moved to Searcy from Benton.

Harding appoints assistant dean of students

Ranan Hester, a former resident of Camden, has joined the Harding University Office of Student Life as Assistant Dean of Students. Hester is a 1986 graduate of Harding and holds a master of e d u c a t i o n Hester degree from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. She has previously taught in public schools for 19 years, first in Camden and most recently in Dexter, Mo. She will be formally welcomed to campus for the 2012-13 academic year at the university’s annual faculty and staff dinner on Aug. 16. Classes begin Aug. 20.

Pangburn honors former resident Garland Henderson honored for contributions to city BY M. A. WEBB Special to The Daily Citizen

PANGBURN — The city of Pangburn has a new name on

the honor plaque at city hall. Mayor Gary Doyle honored the late Garland Henderson for his contributions to the city of

Pangburn by placing his name on the honor plaque at city hall

Who: Garland Henderson What: Was honored by the city of Pangburn Why: Achievements with cemetery and water system

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Tax delinquent land sale scheduled for White County LITTLE ROCK — A public auction for the sale of tax delinquent land in White County will be held Tuesday. The sale will be held at the Searcy Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Commissioner of State Lands Office provides a Catalog

of Tax Delinquent Lands, which contains the rules and regulations governing the sales. The catalog also includes dates, times, location, and pertinent information regarding the parcels being offered. It is available by calling (501) 324-9422 or may be viewed online at www.

“Owners of property sold at auction have 30 days to redeem the property following the sale,” said John Thurston, Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands. People may call the Land Office to request a Petition to Redeem, or visit Thurston’s office at 1020 W. Fourth St., fifth floor, in Little Rock.

Land sale Who: Commissioner of State Lands Office What: To host a public auction Why: Sale of tax delinquent land in White County When: 10 a.m. July 17

Lottery profits up $3.4 million for fiscal year BY CHUCK BARTELS Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Lottery posted a $97.6 million profit Wednesday that will go to college scholarships, a figure that's $3.4 million more than a year ago and boosted by

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a one-time $2 million from the company that prints its instant tickets. Even after the $2 million from Scientific Games Inc., profits were up by $1.4 million, or 1.4 percent, for the 2012 fiscal year that ended June 30.

The lottery had sales of $474 million for the fiscal year, thus its profit margin was 20.1 percent. It was a difficult year for the lottery. Its original director, Ernie Passailaigue, resigned in September after weather-


ing attacks over a critical state audit and his $324,000 salary. His two top deputies left soon afterward, with one resigning and one being fired. In February, the ArkanPlease see LOTTERY | 2A

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Mike Ross among 5 Dems backing health law repeal Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK — Retiring Rep. Mike Ross was one of five Democrats in Congress to vote for a Republican-led effort to repeal the health care law that was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Ross joined Republican Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack of Arkansas Wednesday in voting for the health care law's repeal. The vote was largely symbolic, with the

repeal doomed in the majority-Democrat Senate. Ross is the state's only Democratic congressman and represents south Arkansas' 4th District. He announced last year that he would not seek re-election. Ross won re-election in 2010 after touting his opposition to the health care law. Ross said in a statement released by his office that he believed the legislative process behind the law was more about politics than good public policy.

Wall of collapsed state building being removed Associated Press

MORRILTON — Morrilton officials plan to remove a portion of a wall that was part of a building collapse last year that led to the death of a 2-year-old girl. Mayor Stewart Nelson says engineers have determined that the wall should

be demolished because of concerns that bricks in the wall that hang over a street could fall at some point. Nelson says the plan is to remove that part of the wall. The wall was part of a building that collapsed along with another build-

ing on May 16, 2011, killing Alissa Jones and seriously injuring her mother, Erin Coffman. Officials have said the buildings were being renovated at the time. Nelson says the city's street department will remove the wall portion.


worth of asbestos-contaminated material on their property, they still must have a licensed company perform the debris removal. The representatives also addressed the prop-

erty of Sebourn, who claims that her building does not have any asbestos in it. If an inspection determines Sebourn’s property is free of asbestos, Torrence said, all that is left for her to do is submit an online notice of demolition to ADEQ. Is she does not hear from ADEQ within 10 days of submitting the notice, she will be free to clean up her building in the manner of her choosing, Torrence said. Mayor Max McDonald said the city council will discuss the asbestos removal at next Tuesday’s meeting, but he declined to comment on what the city’s next action might be. He did comment briefly on what he thought of the meeting. “Everyone is satisfied with cleaning up just the asbestos parts and then disposing of the uncontaminated bricks and rocks as they choose,” McDonald said. Mills agreed that the meeting went well. “Our first step is to get with a contractor who does cleanup work and is licensed to do asbestos work, and to get a quote,” Mills said. “Based on that, we will send plans — as individuals — to ADEQ for approval.”

cept the award on behalf of her father. In other business, the council unanimously voted to authorize Doyle and Angela Rodgers to receive and disburse city funds. According to Doyle, official action was required in order rectify an issue that was noted in a recent audit. Doyle said that the city had not received the auditor’s report and the conclusions of the report would be discussed with the coun-

cil when the audit was finalized. The council unanimously gave Doyle permission to purchase coal mix. According to Doyle, the price for the coal mix was approximately $100 per ton and the fire department had agreed to fund half of the purchase price. Doyle stated that the city would be responsible for approximately $300 of the total cost and would use the coal mix for street repairs.

spent $392.3 million, or 82.8 percent on scratch tickets and $81.7 million, or 17.2 percent, on draw tickets. In fiscal 2011, 15.9 percent of sales were spent on numbers games. The state launched the lottery in September 2009. So far, it has raised a total of $275 million for college scholarships. Last month, the lottery completed a renegotiation of its contract with Atlanta-based Scientific

Games. The company lowered some of its rates and made the $2 million payment as a goodwill gesture.


mental Quality (ADEQ) at Kensett City Hall on Wednesday. ADEQ representatives Teresa Marks, Mike Porta and Torrence Thrower told the Kensett residents that they could have a certified inspector evaluate the debris and determine whether asbestos-contaminated material could be separated from clean material. If possible, then the owners have the option of having the asbestos material removed separately from the clean material, thereby reducing disposal costs. “Once the asbestos is out of the buildings, the rest of the debris can go to the landfill as non-regulated waste,” Torrence said. “That will bring the [cleanup] cost way down. The high price would be for all of the debris being handled specially as asbestos-contaminated.” In addition, aggregate material, such as brick and rock, that is determined to be free of asbestos may be sold or disposed of according to the owners’ wishes, ADEQ representatives said. However, uncontaminated non-aggregate material, such as wood, must be taken to a landfill. According to Thrower,

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Kensett property owners (from left) Bill Mills, Donnie Starkey and Estelene Sebourn discuss what they need to do to clean up their fire-destroyed buildings with Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) representative Torrence Thrower Wednesday. ADEQ representatives explained the process for cleaning up the asbestos-contaminated debris from the buildings. if property owners have 160 square feet or more of contaminated material in their buildings, they will be subject to a fee from ADEQ. ADEQ will require the owners to individu-

ally send notifications of building demolition prior to demolition, along with documents on how they plan to remove the asbestos material and perform the cleanup of the buildings.

“If there is asbestos in your building, you will have to have a licensed company remove it,” Marks told the owners. Torrence added that even if owners have less than 160 square feet


fice in April that his thengirlfriend Donna Kennedy, 41, took her own life. Then, during a Monday interview with detectives, Berry changed his story, claiming that a loaded gun discharged while he was playing with it, accidentally shooting and killing Kennedy. Berry was arrested earlier this week on the charge of second-degree murder in the death of Kennedy.

HENDERSON She died on April 20 from a gunshot wound to the head at the home in which the couple lived on 120 Cutoff Road. The death was originally reported as a suicide, but during an autopsy of the body by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, the medical examiner determined the cause of death to be homicide. White County Chief Deputy Jeremy Clark said the charge is second degree as opposed to a

higher charge because the death does not appear to be pre-meditated. “We basically charge people with second degree murder when we can’t determine pre-meditation,” Clark said. Barry is now being held at the White County Detention Center on $200,000 bond. He will have his first court appearance on Sept. 7 at 9 a.m. in White County Circuit Court Second Division.

has been very impressive to me," Pickard said. Pickard said he agrees with Woosley's ambition to introduce more lottery players to the numbers games. "We need to try some new things," Pickard said. "I would like to see us over a period of time trying to increase the net-togross (ratio)." Pickard has said in the past that he'd like a profit margin of 25 percent. Woosley said he sees an opportunity to increase the proportion of gamblers' money that goes to scholarships. "I think we can do it with (draw games) sales, especially given the differentiation in the amount in our instant sales and our (draw games) sales,"

Woosley said. More than 80 percent of the lottery's sales are in scratch tickets. The proportion of people playing draw games increased slightly in the 2012 fiscal year, adding about $10 million in sales from the year before. Woosley said it doesn't make sense to jack up the profit margins in the instant ticket games. "I think the traditional line of thinking in the industry is that players can sense or know that, and your sales can fall," he said. The commission has approved, at Woosley's request, using money in


earlier this week. Henderson served on the city council, maintained Henderson Cemetery and had been instrumental in bringing the water system to the city, according to Doyle. “[Henderson] was a very dedicated man,” Doyle said. Henderson’s daughter Pat Henderson-Donnell was present at a council meeting Tuesday to ac-


sas Lottery Commission hired its legal counsel, Bishop Woosley, to lead the agency — at a salary almost one-third of Passailaigue's. Woosley has worked to build sales through promoting draw games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, which have a higher profit margin than scratch-ticket games but are less popular among Arkansas lottery players. Lottery Commission Chairman Ben Pickard credited Woosley with getting the agency through the last months of a "bumpy" year, one in which the lottery's internal auditor also resigned. "I think the leadership that Bishop has shown

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the lottery's promotional budget to try to attract players to draw games this fiscal year. Powerball tickets rose in price from $1 to $2 in January, and the game was restructured to build jackpots faster and pay a greater number of smaller prizes. Mega Millions, which has offered eight-figure jackpots this year, still has $1 tickets. The state is also planning to introduce an Arkansas-only draw game, which will stand in addition to Decades of Dollars, which Arkansas takes part in with a handful of other states. For the year, players

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Man pleads guilty to 3 capital murder counts FORT SMITH — A man in Fort Smith accused of killing two women and an unborn baby has pleaded guilty to capital murder. Kevin Wolfe of Memphis, Tenn., was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Wolfe was charged with shooting to death 26-yearold Jada Moses and 21-year-old Aligene Seals at an apartment complex last year. Seals was pregnant. The fetus didn't survive and prosecutors added the third charge. Police said after Wolfe's arrest that he was looking for a relative of one of the women because of a dispute over drugs. Fort Smith television station KHBS reports that Wolfe told victims' family members in court that he didn't mean to hurt anyone. Another person was critically wounded in the incident.

Man pleads guilty to Newton County slaying JASPER — A man has pleaded guilty in the shotgun slaying of a Newton County woman whose body was dumped in a swimming hole in Johnson County. Prosecutors on Monday agreed to let 48-yearold Jackie Len Campbell of Vendor plead guilty to second-degree murder for shooting 40-year-old Alice Lloyd of Hasty in the chest with a 20-gauge shotgun. Campbell was originally charged with capital murder. A judge sentenced Campbell to 36 years in prison. The Baxter Bulletin reports Campbell allegedly killed Lloyd in his home in Vendor, then took the body to the Fort Douglas area of Johnson County and dumped the corpse in Piney Creek. Authorities later found the car burned.

Downtown building added to historic register LITTLE ROCK— The Donaghey Building in downtown Little Rock has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The building is located at Seventh and Main streets in downtown Little Rock. The Department of Arkansas Heritage says the Donaghey Building was built in 1925 and 1926 by New York architect Hunter McDonnell and features Neoclassical-style detailing. The National Register nomination notes that the Donaghey Building was Arkansas’ tallest building for more than 30 years. The nomination calls the building a “revolutionary introduction to the skyline of Little Rock.”

7-year-old girl killed in mule accident LOWELL — A 7-year-old girl was killed in northwest Arkansas when she was thrown from a mule and dragged. The Benton County Sheriff’s Department said the accident happened Wednesday just east of Lowell. Officials say a passer-by saw the mule dragging the child. A deputy reached the area and family members were already administering CPR on the child. The Benton County Daily Record reports the girl was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries. The sheriff’s office didn’t release the child’s name.

2 men in jail after pot found in barbecue smoker HOPE — Authorities in southwest Arkansas say they found 160 pounds of marijuana stashed in an unusual hiding spot: a barbecue smoker. Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton says authorities discovered the drugs this week after a state trooper stopped two men in a pickup truck hauling the smoker down the highway. Some of the marijuana was tucked away where ribs and pork usually cook, but the sheriff says it didn’t look the like smoker had been used for barbecue in a while. The two men are being held in the county jail on drug-related charges as authorities continue to investigate.

Oklahoma, Arkansas fear repeat of 2011 drought Associated Press

TULSA — As extreme drought and scorching heat creep back into the Southern Plains, ranchers and state foresters fear a repeat of last summer's tinderbox conditions that turned pastures into wasteland, sparked hundreds of wildfires and ravaged countless acres of crops. The region is already reeling from a blistering June, where temperatures reached 112 degrees in the Oklahoma towns of Buffalo and Freedom, and Little Rock saw its highest-ever June temperature — 107 degrees. As a result, U.S. Drought Monitor has deemed parts of Arkansas in an "extreme" drought, and nearly half of Oklahoma, which

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ton. "We're running out of grass again very fast here and it's only July." Last summer, many farmers were forced to buy hay on the open market, trucked in from states such as Texas and Kentucky. Some desperate ranchers shelled out $100 for one bale, said Leonard, who already has been asked by locals if he has hay for sale.

Arkansas rancher Larry Prater lost nearly 100 bales of hay last year to spontaneous combustion. He's wary of enduring another torrid summer. "In my neighborhood, my pastures are drier at this time of year than they've ever been," said Prater, who lives in Cedarville, about 15 miles north of Fort Smith.


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The field of 10 applicants for the Searcy clerk/treasurer position has been narrowed to seven by default, and the remaining seven will have an opportunity to tell council members why they feel they are best for the job. Three of the original 10 applicants were not considered for the job because they do not live within Searcy city limits or are not registered voters, both required qualifications for the job. Candidates had to meet both qualifications because the position is an elected office. The council opted to interview the seven remaining candidates, rather than just the top few. Interviews will be conducted during special meetings on Monday, July 16 at noon and Tuesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. The council plans to enter into executive session in order to interview the applicants. The candidates are Kevin Brown, Enrique A. Colon Jr., Karen Fortune, Wanda Pinkerton Gooden, Cynthia N. Lauen, Jerry L. Morris (no relation to Searcy Mayor David Morris) and Gina Shands Ramey. Those who applied but will not be considered are Mandy Irving, Nancy McGill and Jennifer L. Spencer. The clerk interviews are the only agenda items. Each candidate will be give a maximum of 10 minutes to present why they are the best person for the job, which will be followed by questions from aldermen. Alderman Steve Sterling said he is in favor of interviewing all applicants because he wants to give all candidates a chance to tell who they are, rather than just reviewing a resume. “For me, personally, they all showed an interest in the job, so I think they should all be given the opportunity to present themselves to the

Searcy Clerk/ Treasurer Number of eligible applicants: 7 Interviews: Monday, July 16 at noon and Tuesday, July 17 at 5 p.m. in executive session. council,” Sterling said. “A resume is a piece of paper with information on it, but you can find out a lot of things about people when you ask them. I think the citizens of Searcy need our full attention to this and I think the only way to do that is to interview all of them.” During a meeting earlier this week, City Clerk/ Treasurer Peggy Meads discussed the process used to rate the applicants. Each alderman was asked to rate the applicants from one to 10, with one being the best and 10 being the worst. Only six of the eightmember council turned in ballots. Alderman Don Raney has been out of town, as he was absent at the agenda meeting held on Thursday, July 6. Alderman Dale Brewer also did not submit a ballot. Attempts to reach Brewer for comment were unsuccessful. Meads said Raney emailed her Wednesday morning, listing his top three picks. From the ballots turned in, the top candidate had a score of nine, while the second candidate had a score of 13. Meads declined to comment on who scored the highest because of pending interviews. “After the top two, there’s a pretty big drop to the rest of candidates,” Meads said, adding that the other candidates scores start in the 20s and increase. Following Tuesday interviews, the council plans to appoint a new clerk/treasurer on July 20 during a 2 p.m. special meeting.

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State View

Lessons from Mayberry eruns of “The Andy Griffith Show” were a staple in my house growing up. The lessons learned while laughing at Andy, Barney, Opie, Aunt Bee, Floyd, Gomer, and Goober have stuck with me through the years. JASON TOLBERT That is why fans of shows mourned last week when Andy Griffith died at the age of 86. It was as if we lost a member of our own family - the sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry where everyone looked out for each other and did what was right. The lessons were numerous and everyone has their own takeaways but here are some of my favorites: ■ Bigger is not always better. Floyd the barber learned this lesson when he tried to expand his shop to “two chairs — no waitin’.” He had “the magazines to swing it” but it all ended up falling apart when the new partner turned out to be running an illegal gambling operation with his barber shop as a front. That might be a lesson the government could learn. ■ Believe in your children. Opie came home one day telling Andy about Mr. McBeevee — a man who has 12 extra hands, walks in the tree tops, and can make smoke come out of his ears. Andy is torn about how Opie could be telling the truth but ends up believing him because he “believes in Opie.” He finally meets Mr. McBeevee — a telephone lineman — and realizes Opie was telling the truth after all. ■ Sometimes it is better to lead from behind. A reccurring theme was Barney’s desire to rise from deputy to high sheriff. One episode he finally got his wish only to learn it is not as great as he thought. Sometimes we can lead best from second chair. On the same note, the original plan for the show was for Andy Griffith to be the funny guy but they quickly figured Don Knotts was more suited for that role with Andy as the straight man. Know your role. ■ Take responsibility for your actions. In one of the most memorable episodes, Opie killed a mother bird with his sling shot. Andy told Opie that the baby birds were now his responsibility. He nursed them back to health until it was time to let them fly. “The cage sure looks awful empty, don’t it, Pa,” comments Opie after letting them go. “Yes son, it sure does. But don’t the trees seem nice and full,” replies Andy. As much as we would like to believe it does, Mayberry does not really exist. But that does not keep us from believing in it. Once my dad was traveling through North Carolina and passed by Mt. Airy — the town upon which Mayberry is loosely based. He planned to stop but decided at the last minute to pass it by. The real town could never live up to the Mayberry he imagined, he explained to me later. But in a way, all of us can live in Mayberry — just by choosing to put into practice the lessons we learned. Wouldn’t that be nice?


Jason Tolbert is an accountant and conservative political blogger. His blog — The Tolbert Report — is linked at

Today in History

Today is Thursday, July 12, the 194th day of 2012. There are 172 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History On July 12, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill passed by Congress authorizing the Medal of Honor.  

On this date In 1543, England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr. In 1690, forces led by William of Orange defeated the army of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. In 1812, U.S. forces led by Gen. William Hull invaded Canada during the War of 1812 against Britain. (However, Hull retreated shortly thereafter to Detroit.) In 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing for a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states. (It was declared ratified in February 1913.) In 1912, the silent film “Queen Elizabeth,” starring Sarah Bernhardt, opened in New York. In 1948, the Democratic national convention, which nominated President Harry S. Truman for a second term of office, opened in Philadelphia. In 1962, The Rolling Stones played their firstever gig at The Marquee in London.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter defended Supreme Court limits on government payments for poor women’s abortions, saying, “There are many things in life that are not fair.” In 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced he’d chosen U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a majorparty ticket. In 1988, Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis tapped Senator Lloyd Bentsen of Texas as his running-mate. In 1991, a Japanese professor (Hitoshi Igarashi) who had translated Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” was found stabbed to death, nine days after the novel’s Italian translator was attacked in Milan. In 2001, Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant tortured in a New York City police station, agreed to an $8.7 million settlement with the city and its police union.

Ten years ago The Senate adopted a ban on personal loans from companies to their top officials, a practice that had benefited executives from Enron to WorldCom. The U.N. Security Council agreed to exempt U.S. peacekeepers from war crimes prosecution for a year, ending a threat to U.N. peacekeeping operations.

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Obama-Holder make war on the constitution For the first time in our turbulent history, a sitting member of a presidential Cabinet, Attorney General Eric Holder, has been held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for failing, when subpoenaed, to provide key documents in an aborted gun-trafficking investigation. Stripping that historic contempt of any meaning, the Justice Department, of which Holder is the boss, refuses to prosecute him. That’s because Holder’s boss, President Barack Obama, has characteristically invoked executive privilege to keep those documents sealed. Since 9/11, we have become a nation in which the president frequently acts as a king, without acknowledging the legislature and the courts. So, in the wake of the huge attention being paid to the Supreme Court’s upholding of Obamacare, Eric Holder remains our chief law enforcement officer — and Obama’s regal role in keeping Holder out of court as a defendant has been almost entirely overlooked. With the presidential election fast approaching in November, voters on both sides have almost entirely lost sight of the high crimes committed by Holder and Obama against one of the most profound constitutional rights guaranteed to every one of us in the Fifth Amendment: Nor shall any person “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” As King George III and his British troops found out, there is no place for a king in the United States of America. Yet, on March 5, before students at the Northwestern University School of Law, Attorney General Holder loftily explained why President Obama was well within the Constitution in assassinating three American citizens as terrorism suspects in Yemen without a trace of due process. The

king had spoken. As George Washington University Law professor Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law sharpshooter, puts it: “He insisted that a ‘careful and thorough executive branch review of the facts in a case amounts to “due process”’” (”Obama’s Kill Policy,” jonathanturley. org, March 7). Turley then spears Holder by saying that his “new definition of ‘due process’ was perfectly Orwellian.” And I urge any of you intending to vote to continue the rule of King Obama to dig this warning from Turley: “What Holder is describing is a model of an imperial presidency that would have made Richard Nixon blush. If the president can kill a citizen, there are a host of other powers that fall short of killing that the president might claim, including indefinite detention of citizens.” The president already has that power in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Turley continues: “Thus, by asserting the right to kill citizens without charge or judicial review, Holder (and Obama) has effectively made all of the Constitution’s individual protections of accused persons matters of presidential discretion.” As if that weren’t frightening enough to those of us whom the Declaration of Independence speaks for, Turley emphasizes how zealously the administration keeps these royal killings classified: “Already, the administration has successfully blocked efforts of citizens to gain review of such national security (assassination) powers or orders. Not only is the list of citizens targeted with death kept secret, but the administration has insisted that courts do not play a role in the creation of or basis for such a list.” As Turley writes, even when the family of one of the assassination targets “tried to challenge Obama’s kill order, the federal court declared that (the target) would have to file for himself — a difficult task when you are on a presidential hit

NAT HENTOFF SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY list.” Entering this grim conversation is Tom Engelhardt, an author and a Fellow at the Nation Institute: “Be assured of one thing: whichever candidate you choose at the polls in November, you aren’t just electing a president of the United States; you are also electing an assassin-in-chief. The last two presidents may not have been emperors or kings, but they — and the vast nationalsecurity structure that continues to be built-up and institutionalized around the presidential self — are certainly one of the nightmares the founding fathers of this country warned us against” (”Praying at the Church of St. Drone,”, June 5). Mitt Romney, why aren’t you saying anything about our presidents having metamorphosed themselves into killing machines of the Constitution? At the very least, shouldn’t the voters know how you would disarm the presidency of the power to unilaterally kill Americans who are suspected of “asso-

ciation” with terrorism — and have no chance of defending themselves in court? To accomplish this, sir, you need to educate the citizenry on specifically how the Constitution forbids this. Because of your seemingly inadequate education in this area, I suggest you invite Ron and Rand Paul — the two members of Congress who consistently and insistently refer to constitutional liberties — to discuss with you those parts of the Constitution that have been forgotten by the previous two administrations. In this way, you can promise the electorate that the time of a president as assassination-inchief is over, and you can assure the nation that, if elected, your office will no longer indefinitely imprison Americans. Also, during your education from Ron and Rand Paul, you might become engaged in other parts of the Constitution that will considerably improve your choices of nominees for newly available Supreme Court vacancies. Your place in history will then far excel those of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Nat Hentoff is a nationally renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights. He is a member of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Cato Institute, where he is a senior fellow.

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Email, online thank-yous suffice in stressful times DEAR ABBY: “Wants to Do the Right Thing” (April 18) asked about using email to thank those who donated to a fundraiser for her son, who has bone cancer. What is wrong with that? I have been there. One of my twin boys was diagnosed with cancer at age 2. I was grateful for all the help my family and friends gave me, but I did not always have the time or energy to devote to writing thank-you cards. You really have to have experienced this kind of long-term stress and trauma to understand. It takes all the strength you have to just get through each day without breaking down. For larger donations, I would write a card when I could or print some out on my computer. Sometimes

ABIGAIL VAN BUREN DEAR ABBY I recruited a friend or family member to handle thank-you notes. People always ask, “What can I do?” Well, assign them this task! Another way of thanking people was through a blog, like CaringBridge. These free websites were a great way to keep in touch with people and let them know what was going on. I often posted general notes of thanks there, then emailed everyone who contributed with a link to the site.

The truth is, it was difficult to accept charity and help from others, and I often found myself overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support. TRULY THANKFUL IN NEW YORK DEAR TRULY THANKFUL: Thank you for your heartfelt letter and helpful suggestions. I reminded “Wants” that writing personal thank-you notes was the proper thing to do, but not all readers agreed. Their comments: DEAR ABBY: Any spare time that mom has needs to be spent with her family or taking care of herself. They are going through a very difficult time. I believe that in this

day and age, the majority of people would understand and not expect a thank-you note for their donation. So a quick email of thanks would be more than appreciated. Email is more acceptable now, especially among younger people. If this is all she has time for, it’s better than no thank-you at all. KELLY IN WINCHESTER, VA. DEAR ABBY: To that mother of the child with cancer: Instead of writing thank-you notes to all the people who help you in the community, please spend that time with your son. Someday, return the favor with some other family’s child. Many families in our town cope with childhood cancer. We help each other. It is im-

portant that you spend every precious moment with him, not writing cards. We all understand. PAYING IT FORWARD IN CLYDE, OHIO DEAR ABBY: You correctly advised “Wants” that a handwritten, personal note was in order. However, having found myself in this position, I sometimes first send out a quick “blanket” email to all the donors: “Dear Friends and Family, you are great to contribute to our cause. Please forgive this email reply, but we want you to know right away how much your support means to us. You’ll be hearing from us personally as soon as possible.” This acknowledges the generosity immediately, while relieving some

stress for the writer at a busy time. WISE IN WASHINGTON

DEAR ABBY: Please tell “Wants” that her son should write some of the letters if he’s old enough. The notes should be to people he knows. Folks won’t expect a thank-you right away. CANCER SURVIVOR IN OKLAHOMA

DEAR ABBY: Handwrite those notes. Make them brief. Following my wife’s death two years ago, I handwrote about 400 thank-yous to those who had sent cards and flowers or made donations. It was cathartic for me, and it recognized the efforts of those who contributed. DOING THE RIGHT THING IN MICHIGAN

Black specks in your vision are usually harmless floaters DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m 55 years old, and I’ve started seeing tiny black specks that move around in random directions. I’m worried that I may have an eye disease. DEAR READER: Your symptoms most likely are caused by a common and harmless problem called floaters. The large chamber at the back of your eye is filled with a jelly-like material called the vitreous. In youth, the vitreous is clear and transparent, and allows light to pass freely to the back of the eyeball. There, the retina turns the light into nerve impulses that the brain reconstructs into images. As we get older, debris tends to accumulate around us — just look around the house. The same thing happens with the vitreous in your eyes: It also accumulates debris. The debris floats

DR. KOMAROFF ASK DR. K through the otherwise clear vitreous. In effect, the debris casts small shadows on the retina. You see them as small dots or threads moving through your field of vision. The floaters move as your eye moves. If you think you may have floaters, try this to make the diagnosis yourself. First, look at a homogeneous surface like a white wall or the blue sky; that makes it easier to see floaters. Look slowly toward your left. Are the floaters still visible? If so, move your eyes rapidly to the right: Do the little spots move

to the right as well? If so, you have floaters. They may disappear on their own. When they don’t, there are some experimental procedures that can help. There are two conditions that are sometimes confused with floaters. People with migraine headaches also sometimes see dark spots or flashing lights, or jagged lines that are dark or flashing. This usually occurs just before the headache begins. Sometimes it happens without a headache even starting. Migraine treatments will reduce these symptoms. Another, more serious condition that can cause dark spots or flashing lights in the eye is a tear or detachment of the retina. As the vitreous ages, it shrinks. The shrinking vitreous can cause suction on the retina that tears a hole in it and causes it to detach from the back of the eye. This happens

suddenly, and it often causes a loss of vision. I recently got an anguished phone call from a friend. He said that his wife had just suddenly seen flashing lights and then lost the vision in one eye. I told him it was a medical emergency, but that treatment would probably fix the problem — if she got help in the next 24 hours. An ophthalmologist (eye doctor) used a laser beam to tack the torn and detached retina back where it belonged, on the back of the eye. Her vision now is nearly back to normal. There’s no reason to become preoccupied with your typical, innocent floaters. But you should be alert for more worrisome visual symptoms, such as my friend’s wife had. Dr. Komaroff is a physician and professor at Harvard Medical

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Don’t assume everyone is on Facebook

DEAR HARRIETTE: I would like to weigh in on your column regarding a club member’s refusal to go on Facebook. I, too, refuse to participate with Facebook because I feel it is a tribute to one’s vanity. My life is not fascinating, nor are the daily “doings” of others. Perhaps young people who want the world to know where they ate or

HARRIETTE COLE SENSE AND SENSITIVITY what kind of shoes they purchased think others are fascinated by such drivel, but, frankly, I doubt they are. This recent desire to have everything in one’s life shared on Facebook because one thinks he or she is special and unique is a sign of total immaturity and narcissism, in my opinion. There is nothing stopping the officer for the community service club and her co-officers from emailing this individual or (gasp) phoning her, but of course she, I am sure, is much too busy to do so. Officers in little organizations such as hers have an overblown sense of their own importance, as in this case, since she is soooo irritated that she must be inconvenienced a bit! OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, CHICAGO DEAR STUNNED AND OTHER SIDE: Thank you for your letters. You make some valid points, and I would like to go a little deeper

with this discussion. The letter writer made it clear that the student in question had a computer but chose not to use Facebook. That’s why I recommended the other online options. Of course, in general, it is smart to have the option of personal interaction, as well as note taking, for any organization. I think the reason the original writer was promoting Facebook is that it allows multiple people to communicate simultaneously with ease. Technology does have its benefits. Regarding the anger that Other Side feels, I understand that some people — young and


DEAR HARRIETTE: To the student who was annoyed by a classmate who refused to get a Facebook page to communicate, you advised using Google Docs or Skype. As hard as it is for many of us to consider, there are still people who do not have reliable access to the Internet, or even to a computer. It’s not fair to penalize a student for something that may be out of his or her control. As it is, I fail to see what is so difficult about keeping this student upto-date on committee activities. Have we really gotten to the point where a quick conversation with someone is too difficult? Why not have someone jot down quick notes, or give the student a quick phone call? I feel like this is being made more difficult than it ought to be. STUNNED, SHREVEPORT, LA.

otherwise — use social media to share trivial information regarding their lives, but that is not what this person wanted to do. This student’s group was interested in using technology to make its work easier. That is an honorable pursuit, even if it didn’t work because of one of the member’s preferences.

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Elah Joyce Bailey

Elah Joyce Bailey, formerly of Searcy, Ark., joined the ranks of angels in the presence of her Lord, J e s u s Christ, on Sunday, July 8, 2012 surrounded by her lov- Bailey ing family. She was born in Goose Creek, Texas, on Oct. 15, 1924 to the late Matilda Todd and Robert Cloud Sr. She grew up in College Station, Texas, during which time her father helped build A&M University. She graduated from high school in Panama City while her father worked to help build the Panama Canal. Her extensive resume included working for the Army (in a security clearance capacity), real estate broker, mortgage banker, owner of a beauty salon and owner of a chain of service stations. She outlived five husbands, two of whom were noted physicians. She loved people and people loved her. Joyce was a member of the Arkansas and Alamo Chapters of DAR and Eastern Star. She was proud to be an active member of the Woman’s Club of San Antonio. She is preceded in death by her parents, Matilda and Robert Cloud Sr., her sister, Mary Beth Stubbs, and her brother, Robert Cloud Jr. She is survived by her son: Gregg Goza and fiancé, Susan Moreland of San Antonio, Texas, granddaughter: Amanda Goza of North Little Rock, Ark., nephew: Charles Stubbs and wife, Shannon of Pearland, Texas, great-niece: Courtney Barajas and husband, Erik of Houston, Texas, great niece: Tiffany Stubbs of Houston, Texas, two great-great nephews: Gavin and Kohl Barajas of Houston, Texas. In addition, she was mother to seven step-children, 17 step-grandchildren and she leaves a multitude of dear friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Sharon Wilks for her kind, caring, wonderful healing touch. The family also thanks Dr. April Hain of Health Texas for her consistent loving and compassionate care. The family invites you to visit with them and share your memories on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Porter Loring on McCullough. A service and celebration of life will be held at noon at the Porter Loring Chapel, 1101 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas. Interment will be at the Cloud family plot in Bryan, Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Woman’s Club of San Antonio, Atten: Golden Book Scholarship Fund, 1717 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212. You are invited to sign the guest book at Arrangements with Porter Loring Mortuaries, 1101 McCullough Avenue, San Antonio, Texas. (800) 460-2704. Please see DEATHS | 7A

OBITUARY GUIDELINES Obituaries must come from a funeral home by 2 p.m., the day before desired publication. There is no Monday publication. Funeral homes are responsible for calling and confirming the obituary has been received. Cost: First 50 words free, 30 cents per word after 50, $10 flat fee for photos. Costs are billed to the funeral home. Obituaries can be emailed to or faxed to (501) 268-6227. For more information call (501) 2688621 and ask for Wendy Jones.

Today: Partly sunny. Rain likely. Highs in the mid 80s. Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Rain likely. Lows in the upper 60s


Friday: Partly sunny. Rain likely. Highs in the upper 80s. Friday night: Mostly cloudy. Rain likely. Lows in the lower 70s.


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AmeriCorps volunteer Melinda LaFevers (left) with the White County Literacy Council spoke to the Searcy Lions Club recently. The council helps people learn how to read, study for a GED or citizenship test and more. Volunteers are always needed. Pictured with LaFevers is Lion Glenda Rightmire. The Searcy Lions Club meets each week at Harding University on Tuesdays at noon.




Burn ban: White County has been placed under a burn ban due to hot, dry and windy weather until further notice. For more information call 2791066. Boil order: The city of Kensett is under a boil order until further notice.   Animal adoptions: The Searcy Animal Shelter, 112 Johnston Road, will be open from 1-5 p.m. seven days a week. There are 80-90 dogs and cats available. For more information call (501) 268-3535 or visit   Exhibit: The Searcy Arts Council’s will showcase photography by Lanell Swanson of Searcy through July 31 at the Searcy Art Gallery, 300 East Race Avenue. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.   Coloring contest: A coloring contest to promote awareness of the Humane Society of Searcy will be held July 12-16. Coloring pages can be picked up at the shelter, Searcy Library or The Daily Citizen. Age groups are 4-8 years old and 9-12 years old. Put name, age and phone number on the back of the sheet and mail to Humane Society of Searcy, 112 Johnston Road, Searcy AR 72143. For more information call (501) 268-3535.   Book sale: The Second Time Around Bookstore will be open July 12-13 at 109 E. Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store offers used paperback and hardback books of all kinds. All proceeds support the Literacy Council of White County. The store is open on Saturday by appointment only. Donations of books accepted. For more information call (501) 278-5500.   VBS: Clearwater Missionary Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School July 12-13 from 6:30-8:35 p.m. for grades through sixth. Theme will be “All Aboard.” For more information call (501) 729-3078.   Habitat Restore: The Habitat Restore will be open July 1214 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 210 W. Mulberry in Searcy. Bring donated items that are tax deductible. All proceeds go to building homes for the

needy. Donations are sold back to the public at bargain prices. They also recycle appliances and metal. There are building supplies, home furnishings, appliances and more. Large items can be picked up Tuesday and Wednesday in the Searcy area. For more information call (501) 278-5530. Thrift store and flea market: The Barkin Barn Thrift store will be open July 12-14 at 108 N. Gum Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Searcy, the Barkin Barn has 4,000 square feet of merchandise. There are items of clothes, suits, furniture, knick-knacks, books, small appliances, shoes, luggage, and more. All proceeds directly benefit the animals at the Searcy Animal Shelter. For further information call 230-4745.   Meeting: Bikers 4 Foster Kids will meet July 12, the second Thursday of the month, at 6 p.m. at KJ’s Restaurant in Judsonia.   Seminar: KCUCS will host a free seminar on solutions for people suffering with fibromyalgia July 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ewing-Pyeatt Building. Seating is limited. For more information call (501) 230-2182.   Activities: The White County Aging Program, The Lightle Center, 2200 E. Moore, will hold exercise at 10:15 a.m. July 12. Theme is “Hot Dog Day.” Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. On the menu: Casserole. Games and puzzles begin at 12:30 p.m. Transportation is available. Volunteers needed. For more information call (501) 268-2587.   Storytime at the library: The following libraries will hold story time July 12, Bradford, 10:30 a.m. and Bradford, 1:30 p.m.; July 13, Puppets will be shown at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Searcy Library.



Mini flea market: There will be a mini flea market July 13 from 12-4:30 p.m. and July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. sponsored by Paws Inn, 2909 Hawkins Drive. This will be an inside sale. Clothes, 25 cents, shoes and purses 50 cents. Spring and summer clothes available. Re-stocking all day long. After expenses all proceeds will go towards the future shelter. Tax receipts given for donated items. For more infor-

mation call 230-3342. Activities: The White County Aging Program, The Lightle Center, 2200 E. Moore, will hold bingo at 10 a.m. July 13. Theme is “Polka Dot/ Plaid Day.” Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. On the menu: Sandwiches. Scrapbooking begin at 12:30 p.m. Transportation is available. Volunteers needed. For more information call (501) 268-2587.



Sunday: Partly sunny. Rain likely. Highs in the mid 90s. Sunday night: Mostly cloudy. Rain likely. Lows in the lower 70s.


Monday: Partly sunny. Rain likely. Highs in the mid 90s. Monday night: Mostly cloudy. Rain likely. Lows in the lower 70s.



Pioneer Village: Pioneer Village, 1200 Higginson Street, will be open July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature a collection of late 19th century, early 20th century buildings from around White County and artifacts, personal items, farms equipment and more. This is a preservation project of the White County Historical Society. There is no admission charge. Donations are accepted. For more information call (501) 580-6633 or visit Facebook, Pioneer Village Searcy.   Reunion: The 32nd annual Romance reunion will be held July 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Romance Fellowship Hall. A potluck is planned. Bring a dish. For more information call (501) 758-0897.   Fundraiser: The Searcy High School wrestling team will be car hopping at Sonic on BeebeCapps July 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for donations.

Saturday: Partly sunny. Rain likely. Highs around 90. Saturday night: Mostly cloudy. Rain likely. Lows around 70.


VBS: The Church of Christ, 1100 Airport Loop in Searcy, will host evening Vacation Bible School July 15 at 5 p.m. and July 16-19 a 7 p.m. Theme is “Journeys for Jesus — Paul’s Preaching Trips.” All are welcome. For more information call (50!) 862-2160. Celebration: The Romance Church of Christ, Highway 31 in Romance, will host a centennial celebration July 15 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A meal will be served. All are welcome to attend.   Meeting: The White County Creative Writers will meet July 16, the third Monday each month, at 6:30 p.m. at Simmons Bank’s Community Room, South of Spring Park. Anyone interested in learning more about writing is invited to attend.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Rain likely. Highs in the mid 90s. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy. Rain likely. Lows in the lower 70s.


Wednesday: Sunny. Rain likely. Highs in the mid 90s. Wednesday night: Cloudy. Rain likely. Lows in the lower 70s.

SUNRISE/SUNSET Sunrise today — 6:05 a.m. Sunset today — 8:24 p.m. HIGHS/LOWS Wednesday’s high, 86F, 30C; Wednesday’s low, 71F, 22C. Monthly rainfall amount, 0.15 inches. Yearly rainfall amount 11.29 inches. Courtesy of Time and Temperature (501) 268-5532. Weather Info Line, (501) 305-2144. LOCAL

Writers group to launch program

The Writers’ Colony in Eureka Springs wants to assist White County residents who would like to write. The program will offer affordable workshops, regular critiquing groups, and one-on-one coaching. Workshops will be held at the Colony in Eureka Springs and also in other Arkansas towns with enough interested residents. The program will be launched on July 21 with a reception at the Writers’ Colony at 515 Spring Street in Eureka. For more information visit www.writerscolony. org or call (479) 2923665.

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Debra Lynn Jones

Debra Lynn Jones, age 55 of Searcy, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 in Searcy. She was born June 9, 1957 in Memphis, Tenn., to John Bright, Jr. and Freda Dean Nichols. She was a member of Complete In Christ Church. She is survived by her fiancé, Danny Lee Henderson; one son, Timothy Sullivan of Batesville, Ark.; one daughter, Terri Lumpkin of Faulkner, Miss.; father, John Bright, Jr. and wife Carlene of Cordova, Tenn.; mother, Freda Nichols and husband Leslie of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; one stepson, Matt Henderson of Olive Branch, Jones Miss.; three grandchildren, Serria, Dustin and Zac; one brother, John Bright, III and wife Nerissa of Cordova, Tenn.; one sister, Pamela Mauney and husband Keith of Olive Branch, Miss.; three step-sisters, Teresa Adams and husband Gary of Millington, Tenn., Tonya Gafford of Cordova, Tenn., Lyz Dietz and husband Jake of Cincinnati, Ohio; one step-brother Barry Bledsoe of Bartlett, Tenn.; and three nephews, Kasey and Alex Mauney and John Bright, IV. Visitation will be Friday, July 13 at Complete in Christ Church in Searcy starting at 1 p.m. with funeral services following at 2 p.m. Interment will be Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Memphis Memory Gardens Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations may be made to Wilber D Mills Treatment Center, 3204 E. Moore St., Searcy, AR 72143. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home of Searcy.

Lloyd Lee Peppers

Lloyd Lee Peppers was born to Warren and Ethel Norton Peppers on July 5, 1942 in Bald Knob and passed away on July 10, 2012 in Searcy, Ark. He was a retired mechanic. Mr. Peppers is preceded in death by his parents and his twin sister Lois Bailey. He is survived by a son, Anthony Lee Peppers; four daughters, Cyndia Varni (Robert) of California, Tena Evans-Peppers of Fresno, Calif., Judy Lee Rowland (Todd) of Cleveland, Tenn., Ann Marie Delisse of Cleveland, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Jasper W. Cothren

Jasper W. Cothren, 75, of Searcy, died July 10, 2012 at Advanced Care in Searcy. He was born Jan. 11, 1937 in Paragould the son of the late Eugene and Vaudean Hester Cothren. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara Bruick and Marcia Crisco and brothers, Michael Eugene Cothren and Jerry Dale Cothren. Mr. Cothren was an electrician with Matthews Corporation and was of Baptist belief. He is survived by his wife, Rheba Cothren, of the home; son, Leslie G. Cothren of Searcy; daughters: Cheryl Bridges of Quitman, Ark., Eugenia Lynn Cothren of Joplin, Mo.; sisters, Joan Pike of Conway, Sharon Ueckert of Texarkana, Ark.; grandchildren: Whitney Bridges, Hunter Bridges and Madison Bridges; and great-grandchild Wyatt Jaxon Ware. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel, Friday, July 13, 2012. Reverend James Huggins will officiate. Sign online guest book at www.heathfuneralhome. com.

Franklin Dellano Stevenson

Franklin Dellano Stevenson, age 74, of Searcy died Tuesday, July 10, 2012. He was born Feb. 4, 1937 in Furlow, Ark., the son of William and Florence Cleveland Stevenson. Frank was a member of the West Race Baptist Church, a retired truck driver and a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. Surviving is his wife, Carol Stevenson, daughters, Laure Osborn of Oregon, and Sherry Wilson (Mike) of Searcy; grandchildren, Nicole Powell, David “Robby” Powell, IV, Benjamin Powell, Jonathan Sexton, Madison Sexton, Melissa Fowler, Ben Fowler; great-grandchildren, Caidance Hall, Stevenson Gage Hall, Bentley Sexton; cousin, George “Bus” Stevenson of Cabot; sister, Ruby McKinney, Mt. Vernon; nephews, Brian Stevenson, Sherwood, Brent Stevenson, North Little Rock, Roger Stevenson, Sherwood, Bill Dearing, Sherwood, Kenneth McKinney, DeWitt, Jim Stevenson, Portland, Ore., Kenneth Stevenson, Longview, Wash., and Loren Stevenson, Fontana, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Powell Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 10-11 a.m., prior the funeral. Burial will follow at Concord Cemetery in the Furlough Community, Lonoke County. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home of Searcy.

Ivy Jean King

Ivy Jean King, 86, of Bald Knob, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Searcy. She was born March 18, 1926 in Little Rock a daughter of the late Ivy and Mattie Powell Johnson. She was a member of the Assembly of God. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Olen King; daughter, Swann King Hall and husband Jackie of Sallisaw, Okla.; sons, Johnie King and wife Sue of Nashville, Tenn., and Ricky King and wife Rita of Bald Knob; grandchildren, Don Morgan, Debi Davis and Danny Morgan all of Sallisaw, Okla., Leigh Ann Claborn of Branson, Mo., Darin Morgan of Ft. Smith, Jackie Hall, Jr. of Broken Arrow, Okla., DeShawna Barron of Sallisaw, Okla., Shawn Hall of Branson, Mo., Zane King of Nashville, Tenn., Angela Brownderville and Shannon King Hazelwood both of Bald Knob; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and a niece, Iris Johnson (Cook). She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Shannon Johnson and a nephew, George Sydney Johnson. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home in Bald Knob. Services will be held on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Dripping Springs Assembly of God. Interment will follow in the Velvet Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Powell Funeral Home, Bald Knob-Judsonia.

Teen girls to Teen Vogue: Stop altering photos in magazine BY LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press

NEW YORK — Days after a campaign led by a 14-year-old girl secured a promise from Seventeen magazine not to alter body shapes in photographs, more teens protested against Teen Vogue on Wednesday with “Keep it Real” signs and a makeshift red carpet. About half a dozen girls highfived each other as they catwalked near the magazine’s office in Times Square. They’ve collected more than 28,000 signatures in just over a week asking Teen Vogue to follow Seventeen’s lead in declaring an end to digitally manipulating images. The girls, affiliated with the protest group SPARK Movement, said Teen Vogue and other magazines read by vulnerable young readers present an unrealistic notion of beauty, threatening their self-esteem and leading to depression and eating disorders. One of the protest organizers, 17-year-old Emma Stydahar of suburban Croton-on-Hudson, was a Teen Vogue subscriber in middle school. “I remember looking through these magazines and thinking, ‘Oh I wish I had her legs. I wish I had her waist.’ It was, like, this is what beautiful is and this is what I look like,” she said. Teen Vogue said in a statement it makes a “conscious and continuous effort to promote a positive body image among our readers.” Like Seventeen’s top editor, Ann Shoket, Teen Vogue agreed to a private meeting with the girls. “We feature healthy models on the pages of our magazine and shoot dozens of non-models and readers every year and do not retouch them to alter their body size. Teen Vogue pledges to continue this practice,” the statement

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Britney Franco, 13, of the Brooklyn borough of New York, left, poses with Hannah Stydahar, 14, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. during a protest on Wednesday near the offices of Teen Vogue in the Times Square section of New York. Days after a campaign led by a 14-year-old girl secured a promise from Seventeen magazine not to alter body shapes in photographs, more teens protested against Teen Vogue on Wednesday.

“We feature healthy models on the pages of our magazine and shoot dozens of nonmodels and readers every year and do not retouch them to alter their body size. Teen Vogue pledges to continue this practice.” Teen Vogue said. Emma and her co-organizer of the petition drive, 16-year-old Carina Cruz, want the magazine to put that in writing on its pages for all readers to see as Shoket did in Seventeen. Dana Edell, executive director of SPARK, said Teen Vogue presents hard-core fashion that emulates the look of its adult counterparts, compared to Seventeen’s overall focus on the teen lifestyle. By Edell’s count, Teen Vogue’s on-

line homepage Wednesday featured 15 models, all “very, very thin and 13 who were white.” “These images don’t look like most girls,” she said. “They present an alien, skinny, scrawny, blond, skeletal beauty.” Protester Britney Franco, 13, of Brooklyn is a Teen Vogue subscriber. She hopes to be a photographer and fashion editor one day. “I love the magazine,” she said. “That’s why I want them to change.”

Court hears poker Judge won’t stop star’s divorce case Octomom club act Associated Press

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Poker pro Phil Ivey’s divorce case has the Nevada Supreme Court considering whether judges should oversee cases involving people from whom they’ve accepted campaign contributions. The state high court heard 45 minutes of arguments Tuesday in Carson City on a lawsuit by Ivey’s ex-wife, Luciaetta Ivey, alleging decisions by a Family Court judge who handled the couple’s divorce were tainted by a $5,000 campaign donation. Justice Michael Douglas noted that Nevada judges are elected, and judges have to raise money to run, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Chief Justice Michael Cherry said a rule blocking contributions to judicial campaigns might violate free speech rights, and that any decision could affect the 2014 campaigns of all 82 Nevada district court judges. In Nevada, where individuals can contribute up to $10,000 to a judicial candidate, allegations have been raised for years that judges favor people and law firms that donate. The high court several years ago prohibited judges from soliciting contributions in elections where they have no opponents. Only


“Mrs. Ivey made millions (from the divorce settlement).” David Chesnof Lawyer about one-third of judicial races now are contested. In 2011, Luciaetta Ivey asked the judge to force her ex-husband to pay required spousal support. She lost a bid to disqualify Gonzalez after learning that Phil Ivey contributed $5,000 in April 2010 to the judge’s re-election campaign and that Ivey’s lawyer also contributed time and money to Gonzalez’s re-election. Phil Ivey’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, said Luciaetta Ivey has no case. He noted the contribution was made after the couple’s divorce, the divorce was uncontested, and the couple has no children. Chesnoff said Ivey stopped making payments to his ex-wife early in 2011 when Full Tilt Poker stopped making payments to Ivey after it was seized by the Justice Department for alleged federal violations. Ivey has filed a lawsuit against Full Tilt. “Mrs. Ivey made millions (from the divorce settlement),” Chesnoff said. “Tilt was stopped, alimony stopped. Are we going to tell people they cannot contribute? We exist in a state where judges are elected.”

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — An effort to cancel a Florida strip-club performance by the woman known as “Octomom” has been denied by a Florida judge. Circuit Judge Timothy McCarthy has ruled against holding an emergency hearing requested by T’s Lounge in West Palm Beach, saying the situation does not “constitute a legal emergency.” T’s Lounge was trying to thwart Nadya Suleman’s scheduled appearance Friday at a competing club. She had signed a contract to dance topless at T’s this week but later backed out in favor of The Playhouse Gentleman’s Club in Hollywood. That show can go on, though a lawsuit against her filed by T’s will likely proceed. T’s says Suleman backed out of a contract for eight shows set to begin Wednesday, her

37th birthday. Under the contract, she could back out with 35 days’ notice; T’s says she gave 34. It also barred Suleman from appearing at another strip club within 50 miles and 90 days of her engagements in West Palm Beach. T’s is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, saying she caused “irreparable harm.” Phone and email messages left for Gina Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for Suleman, were not returned Wednesday. Suleman, who lives in La Habra, Calif., is the mother of 14 children, including octuplets born in 2009. She has struggled financially, recently declaring bankruptcy. Suleman has sold photos of herself and her children to tabloids, including a spread of topless photos to a British magazine. She has also agreed to answer pay-per-minute phone calls along with other D-list celebrities and reality television personalities.


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Agreement provides Gabor’s husband temporary oversight Associated Press

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MetLife Stadium, rear right, and the Izod Center, middle right, are seen behind American Dream, formerly called Xanadu, the unfinished oddly patterned shopping and entertainment complex in East Rutherford, N.J. DreamWorks Animation, the Hollywood studio that created the green ogre, Shrek and the wisecracking zoo animals of “Madagascar” has announced plans for an indoor theme park as part of the megamall in New Jersey’s Meadowlands in 2011. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says the theme park 10 miles west of New York City will incorporate the studio’s characters and storytelling.

DreamWorks theme park planned at long-stalled New Jersey mall BY ANDREW DUFFELMEYER Associated Press

Shrek might find a home in the swamps of northern New Jersey. The Hollywood studio that created the green ogre and the wisecracking zoo animals of “Madagascar” announced Wednesday it had agreed to license its characters, storytelling and technology for a theme park at a long-stalled and vacant megamall in the Meadowlands. DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, in a joint statement with the mall developer, said the indoor theme park 10 miles west of New York City would create “a unique and innovative family entertainment experience.” The company says at this time its only involvement will be licensing the rights to its characters and storytelling. The American Dream mall in East Rutherford would be the first wholly themed DreamWorks park. Dreamworld, a theme park in Australia, features some DreamWorks characters but not exclusively. The studio was looking for a U.S. presence and thought the mall site near New York would be a good

fit, one that could become an international tourist attraction, a DreamWorks spokesman said. The company previously had plans for a theme park in Dubai, but that project fell through. Mall developer Triple Five, of Alberta, Canada, said it hoped to open the mall and theme park in 2014 but was unlikely to do so in time for the Super Bowl, being held at nearby MetLife Stadium. Spokesman Alan Marcus said financing and design work remain to be completed. Plans for the mall, along the New Jersey Turnpike, include an indoor ice rink, ski and snowboard park, water park, movie theaters, restaurants, retail stores and a live performing arts theater. The project has been a white elephant; originally named Xanadu, it was scheduled to open in 2007 but remains vacant and unfinished, with a multicolored and multipatterned exterior that Gov. Chris Christie has said made it one of America’s ugliest buildings. Triple Five, which owns Mall of America near Minneapolis, took over the New Jersey project in 2010. Marcus said developers are

confident the entertainment additions and other planned changes will make it successful. The overall project has already received about $1.2 billion worth of subsidies, tax breaks and exceptions. The developers have also filed initial paperwork for an additional incentive program that could bring in $200 million in public funds. The two NFL teams that play at MetLife Stadium, the New York Jets and the New York Giants, have sued to block the project, claiming the developers are violating an agreement they had to give the teams a say in any expansion plans. They say a projected annual attendance of 55 million visitors to the new mall exceeds the scope of the original proposal and would create a “transportation nightmare.” The developers on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss the suit. Marcus argued the developers’ latest plans would ease traffic congestion by providing more parking and things for fans to do after games rather than having to drive straight home. The mall plans to provide more than 30,000 parking spots. The New York Times was first to report the DreamWorks deal.

LOS ANGELES — Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband will serve as her temporary conservator under an agreement reached with the ailing actress’ daughter and approved by a judge Wednesday. Attorneys announced a settlement between Frederic von Anhalt, Gabor’s husband of 25 years, and her daughter Constance Francesca Hilton during a hearing. Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz approved the provisions, which call for financial oversight by several attorneys and allow Hilton to visit with her mother weekly. Von Anhalt will continue to make medical decision about his wife’s care. He smiled after his appointment and outside the courthouse declared “Victory!” and said he was happy with the outcome. Hilton said she came to court, “to protect my mother and me.” Gabor’s husband and daughter have argued

for years as each has accused the other of financial mismanagement related to Gabor’s wealth. Hilton asked to be named her mothe r ’ s conservator in March and said she was c o n cerned the actress w a s n ’ t Gabor being properly treated. A doctor who evaluated the star a few weeks later determined that Gabor’s well-being is closely tied to her remaining in a familiar environment. Goetz said that a conservatorship was necessary for Gabor and set a January 9 hearing for an update on the how the agreement was working. Hilton’s attorney Kenneth Kossoff said he is cautiously optimistic the arrangement will work, and he will now receive monthly statements on Gabor’s finances and will be able to review her medical files.

Aereo to relay live TV to iPhones in NYC Associated Press

NEW YORK — A judge has allowed a startup company to keep taking live TV programming and sending it to iPhones and other mobile devices in New York despite objections from major broadcasters. Federal Judge Alison Nathan refused a request by News Corp.’s Fox and other broadcasters to pull the plug on the company, Aereo. The company’s chief

executive had told the judge at a hearing that extended litigation would be “the end of the company.” Aereo lets customers capture over-the-air broadcasts for viewing on iPhones, iPads and computers for $12 a month. A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed by Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC and others. It accuses Aereo of copying and retransmitting their programming over the Internet unlawfully.

Study: Sept. 11 attacks most memorable television moment BY DAVID BAUDER Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack is by far the most memorable moment shared by television viewers during the past 50 years, a study released on Wednesday concluded. The only thing that came close was President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and its aftermath in 1963, but that was only for the people aged 55 and over who experienced those events as they happened instead of replayed as an historical artifact. Sony Electronics and the Nielsen television research company collaborated on the survey. They ranked TV moments for their impact not

just by asking people if they remembered watching them, but if they recalled where they watched it, who they were with and whether they talked to other people about what they had seen. By that measure, the Sept. 11 tragedy was nearly twice as impactful as the second-ranked moment, which was the coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Minutes after the first airplane struck New York’s World Trade Center on a late summer morning, television networks began covering the events continuously and stayed with them for days. The other biggest TV events, in order, were the 1995 verdict in O.J. Simpson’s murder trial, the Challenger space shuttle ex-

plosion in 1986 and the death of Osama bin Laden last year, the survey found. Sony was interested in the study for clues on consumer interests and behaviors and found “that television is really the grandmother of all the social devices,” said Brian Siegel, vice president of television business for the company. Going into the study, Siegel said he had anticipated that entertainment events like the final episode of “M-A-S-H” (ranked No. 42), the Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” (No. 43) and the “Who shot J.R.?” episode of “Dallas” (No. 44) would rank higher. Instead, television coverage of news events made the biggest difference in viewers’ lives.

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The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York in September 2011. The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack is by far the most memorable moment shared by television viewers during the past 50 years, a study released on Wednesday concluded.

IBC Partner ProductionHUB to launch ‘IBCHUB’ on Aug. 1 Associated Press

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS -- ProductionHUB, an official Media Partner of the 2012 International Broadcasters Convention (IBC) will be on-location at IBC in Amsterdam covering the show and capturing interviews with a wide variety of leading exhibitors and speakers as part of the inaugural ‘IBCHUB’ portal. “Try as they might, not everyone in our community can make it to Amsterdam -- but they are still eager to hear the latest news and products unveiled at IBC... which is why we are putting a big emphasis on the show this year,” says John Pokorny, Founder & President of ProductionHUB.

Not only is ProductionHUB on board as a media partner and heavily covering the show via its website, newsletter and social media reach, but it’s also built an entire microsite dedicated to ‘all things IBC’ to be launched August 1. Some of the anticipated content includes press, helpful links, featured booths, live social media updates and photos from the floor. “When we launched NABHUB last year it was an immediate success; we can’t wait to expand this type of coverage to international markets,” Pokorny added. “Additionally, we are looking forward to helping manufacturers get the most out of IBC before, during and after the

show.” To request a video interview at the IBC Show, please email Katrina Diamond at kdiamond@ To view interviews from previous shows, please go to: About ProductionHUB, Inc. ProductionHUB, Inc. ( is an online marketplace for broadcast TV, motion picture, pro video, live event, corporate & digital media production. ProHUB connects media & entertainment professionals with those seeking industry products & services. Since 1998, this vertical B2B has grown to become the world’s largest and most active production community search site.

BATESVILLE EXPANSION Peco Foods, Inc. is planning to increase production from its Batesville processing plant over the next 12 to 24 months. These plans will require Peco to contract for additional chicken houses to be used to grow chickens for Peco. Peco needs approximately 850,000 square feet of additional housing during the initial phase of the expansion, and because of time constraints interested parties who already own chicken houses may be given priority consideration. Although Peco expects to have additional needs for substantially more housing during a second phase of expansion, there is no certainty whether and when the second phase will occur. Anyone who has an interest in growing chickens for Peco should contact Duane Weems, Peco’s live production manager for its Batesville complex, at (870) 793-4466.



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U.S. Amateur Qualifier ■ Who: Harding University golfer Lucas Collins. ■ What: Tied for sixth place out of 84 golfers in the U.S. Amateur Qualifier this week. ■ Scores: Collins shot a 1-under 71 in round one and a 3-under 69 in the second round for a 140 total.

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Searcy All-Stars head to state 12-and-under team looks for wins in Hope BY KYLE TROUTMAN

Searcy’s 11-and-12-year-old All-Star team is holding its final practices this week before heading to the Dixie League State Tournament in Hope. Searcy opens play in the tournament Friday at 8 p.m. against

Sevier County National, and Head Coach Jake Stewart said the team is hoping to use its strength at the plate to get some hits. “We hit the ball pretty well,” he said. “In practices, seven of our 12 guys have hit balls over the fence, so if we can hit that way in the tournament it would be great.” Stewart’s son, Timmy Stewart, said he’s excited to make the team and have a shot at world

series play. “I’m really excited because you get chosen for this team and not just anyone can make it,” he said. “We have better players, but it will be a lot harder to get base hits, strikes or outs in the AllStar games.” The All-Stars have practiced almost every day leading into the tournament in Hope, and the team went 2-2 at a tournament

Dixie League All-Stars ■ Who: 11-and-12-year-old Searcy All-Stars. ■ What: Heading to the state tournament in Hope this weekend. ■ When: Searcy opens play Friday at 8 p.m. against Sevier County National.

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Collins tied for 6th out of 84 BY SCOTT GOODE Special to The Daily Citizen

TEXARKANA — Harding golfer Lucas Collins tied for sixth of 84 golfers at the United States Amateur Qualifier at Texarkana Country Club this week. Only the top three finishers qualified for the 112th U.S. Amateur Championship at Cherry Hills Country club in Denver Collins Aug. 13-19. Despite Collins’ near miss, Harding head coach Dustin Howell said that Collins has a bright future. “I am so very proud of Lucas and his work ethic,” Howell said. “He has been out every day in the 100-degree weather, shaping up his game this summer. I am looking forward to his fall season.” Collins, a native of Harrison, Please see COLLINS | 2B

Lou Groza Award ■ Who: Hogs junior kicker Zach Hocker, ■ What: Named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List Wednesday. ■ Last season: Hocker broke the Arkansas singleseason record for points by a kicker last season with 118 points.

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FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas junior kicker Zach Hocker has been named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List for the second straight season, it was announced Wednesday. Hocker broke the Arkansas single-season record for points by a kicker last season with 118 points. The Russellville, Ark., Hocker native led all SEC kickers, was second overall in the conference and 17th in the NCAA with his average of 9.1 points per game. He also tied for second in the SEC and for 11th in the NCAA with 1.6 made field Please see HOCKER | 2B

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Searcy’s McKenna Smith splits two Marion defenders and drives to the hoop during the Lady Lions’ loss to Marion in February. Searcy will be back on the floor today in the Harding University camp, which wraps up Saturday.

Lady Lions attend team camp Squad welcomes 12 new players BY KYLE TROUTMAN

Searcy’s girls basketball team is back on the hardwood today. The Lady Lions are attending the Harding University team camp, which runs today through Saturday. Although the camp is the first and only for Searcy, Head Coach Michelle Birdsong said it’s a great opportunity for the team to come together. “The competition is always good and we’ll get to see some teams we didn’t get to play in

Lady Lions basketball ■ What: Begins Harding University team camp ■ When: Today through Saturday

the regular season,” she said. “I’m not like other coaches. I like to go and let the kids play. They all paid [$90 for the camp], so I try to play them equal amounts. That lets me see things I may not see from other players and lets me put different groups together to see what they look like.” Of the 17 players on Searcy’s

roster this season, only five are returning from last year’s team, which finished 9-17 (410) and lost to El Dorado in the first round of the 6A State Tournament. “I’m excited,” incoming senior Allie Wilbourn said. “I’ve been kind of bored not playing any sports, so I’m excited to be a senior and be a leader out there this year.” With the influx of freshmen and sophomores on the Lady Lions’ squad this season, Birdsong said getting a look at the new girls is the biggest goal during the camp. “It will be good to see the new kids come in and see what they can do one-on-one,

how they defend and different things like that,” she said. Birdsong said wins and losses will take a back seat this week to development and skills. “It’s not going to be about wins and losses, it’s going to be about how many people show they’re ready to play and show skills I didn’t know they had,” she said. “That is worth much more than wins and losses.” Wilbourn said she’s looking forward to building up some chemistry with the new Lady Lions. “We’ll have to learn how to Please see CAMP | 2B

Heat gain perimeter marksmen with Allen, Lewis Associated Press

MIAMI — Ray Allen’s role in Miami is yet to be totally determined. And that clearly doesn’t bother the NBA’s leading 3-point shooter. Allen and Rashard Lewis signed their free-agent contracts with the Heat on Wednesday, giving the NBA champions a pair of veterans who bring tons of experience and versatility to a lineup already featuring LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. And both wasted no time saying they want to adapt to the Heat way. “Whatever’s going to be best for me in this situation is going to figure itself out,” Allen said, flanked by Heat President Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra for his introductory news conference. “This team won a cham-

pionship without me. I’m not going to come in and expect for coach to cater to who I am and what I do. I’ve got to make that work on the floor with my new team- Allen mates.” Allen agreed to join the Heat on Friday, deciding to leave Boston after five wildly successful seasons and the 2008 NBA championship. Lewis agreed to terms with Miami on Tuesday. Allen will make just over $3 million this season. Lewis will earn about $1.35 million from the Heat, plus another $13.7 million after getting a buyout from the New Orleans Hornets earlier this offseason.

“I’m at a point in my career where I’ve been on the All-Star team, played for 13, 14 years and I’ve made a pretty good amount of Lewis money over my career,” Lewis said. “Everybody sets goals over their career and my next goal is obviously to try to win a championship. The ball can’t bounce forever. I’m sure you all see the gray hair on my head.” For Lewis, coming to Miami is a new beginning. For Allen, coming to Miami wraps up a month of unexpected twists and turns. The Celtics’ season ended in Miami a little over a month ago,

with a loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Allen was unusually emotional after that defeat, then insisted that even after an injury-marred season — he’s recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs from his right ankle — he has basketball left in his legs. Boston tried to keep him, offering him twice as much as he’ll make per year in Miami. Nonetheless, Allen found himself drawn to the Heat. “You come into the summer, and you don’t know what potentially can happen,” Allen said. “And you take the process a step at a time, try to figure out what’s best for you and your family. And here I sit.” Allen said that Celtics coach Doc Rivers and general manager Danny Ainge were disappointed by his decision.

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno stands on the field before his team’s game against Northwestern on Oct. 22 in Evanston, Ill. In a letter written shortly before his death, Paterno offered a passionate defense of the Penn State football program in the midst of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sex scandal.

Paterno, in ’11 letter, defends PSU football Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno defended his program’s integrity in a 7-month-old letter released Wednesday, a day ahead of a report that could forever mar his legacy. In the letter, written shortly before his death and confirmed as legitimate by his family, Paterno rejected the notion that his former assistant Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of boys amounted to a “football scandal� or tarnished the accomplishments of his players or Penn State’s reputation as a whole. The results of Penn State’s internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal are set to be released Thursday in a report that should answer many of the troubling questions swirling around one of the worst scandals in sports history. A team led by former

Spurs re-sign longtime star Duncan Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO — The Tim Duncan era isn’t over yet. The San Antonio Spurs announced Wednesday that they had re-signed Duncan, bringing back the 36-year-old forward for at least a 16th season. Terms were not disclosed, though Yahoo Sports cited anony-

mous sources in reporting it was a three-year, $36 million deal. The first overall pick in the 1997 draft, Duncan in 15 seasons has led the Spurs to nine division titles and the playoffs every year, including four NBA championships. The Spurs are 830-352 in the regular season during his tenure, the

highest winning percentage over any 15-year span in NBA history, and Duncan has two league MVP awards to go along with three NBA Finals MVP honors. “Tim Duncan has established himself as one of the best players in NBA history,� coach Gregg Popovich said. “He is an unselfish superstar who loves to

compete and has only one goal when he steps on the court — to do whatever it takes to help his team win. We are all thrilled that he’ll spend his entire career as a San Antonio Spur.� Duncan, a 13-time AllStar, has averaged 20.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.22 blocks per game over his career.

everyone’s more serious, more committed and more talented.� Timmy Stewart said he hopes that boost in talent will help the team get wins in Hope. “We have to have good offense and score a lot of runs,� he said. “We also have to play really good defense and not give up runs or make errors.� The Searcy All-Stars will be staying in a hotel in Hope for the tournament, but Coach Stewart said the long drive and living ac-

commodations shouldn’t affect the players. “It’s always nice when you play at home,� he said. “But Hope is only a couple of hours away, so it’s no big deal. Most of the teams are from southern Arkansas, so they’ll only have to take 30-minute trips back and forth. Our advantage is having travel players who are used to playing out of town.� Searcy will be one of nine teams in the 11-and12-year-old Dixie Majors State Tournament, with

the top two teams able to advance to world series play. Even if the All-Stars don’t make the world series, Stewart said the extra play and practices are good for the pre-teens’ development. “That extra four weeks of practice helps in development because it’s with better coaches and better players,� he said. “If you learn to play the game the right way and develop well, the winning will come later.�

State and tied an AT&T Cotton Bowl record with three made field goals in the victory vs. No. 11 Kansas State. Entering the 2012 season, he holds the Arkansas record for career field goal percentage (min. 20 made) at 80.4. He also ranks in the top 10 on the school’s career lists for PAT kicks made, points, field goals made, PAT attempts and career field goal attempts. Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the

season and the Lou Groza Award announces its 20 semifinalists on Monday, Nov. 5. From this list, a panel of more than 300 experts selects the top three finalists for the award by Monday, Nov. 19. That same group then selects the national winner, who will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 6 during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando, Fla. The 21st annual Lou Groza Award, presented by

the Orange Bowl Committee, recognizes the three finalists during an early week celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet on Dec. 4, prior to joining ESPN in Orlando. The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe� Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954.


in Lonoke a couple weeks ago. Jake Stewart said the players have been enjoying playing with kids who may not have been on their individual league teams. “A lot of these kids have played on All-Star teams before,� he said. “We also have a draft every year [for league play], so a lot of players are playing with guys they’ve played with before. “The big thing is that


goals per game. He added kickoff duties for the first time as a collegian in 2011 and his 40 touchbacks were the most in the SEC and ranked second in the NCAA, and his touchback percentage of 43.01 was second in the conference and third in the country. He scored a career-high 14 points, which tied for sixth on Arkansas’ single-game kick scoring list, vs. No. 10 South Carolina and vs. Mississippi

federal judge and FBI exdirector Louis Freeh interviewed hundreds of people to learn how the university responded to warning signs that its once-revered former assistant football coach — a man who helped Paterno win two national titles for a university that touted “success with honor� — was a serial child molester. Sandusky was convicted on 45 criminal counts last month at a trial that included gut-wrenching testimony from eight young men who said he abused them as boys. By contrast, the Freeh report, to be released online at 9 a.m. Thursday, will focus on Penn State and what it did — or didn’t do — to protect children. Paterno offered a passionate defense of the university and its football program in the letter, which surfaced for the first time Wednesday. The Paterno family said the letter was given in

draft form to a few former players around December. One of the ex-players circulated it to other former players on Wednesday, and it was posted on the website FightonState. com, which covers the team. “Over and over again, I have heard Penn State officials decrying the influence of football and have heard such ignorant comments like Penn State will no longer be a ‘football factory’ and we are going to ‘start’ focusing on integrity in athletics,� Paterno wrote. “These statements are simply unsupported by the five decades of evidence to the contrary — and succeed only in unfairly besmirching both a great university and the players and alumni of the football program who have given of themselves to help make it great.� Paterno also wrote, “This is not a football scandal and should not be treated as one.�

Belmont winner injured Associated Press

NEW YORK — Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags is out with a ligament injury, but could return to the races next year, the colt’s vet-

erinarian Kathy Anderson said Wednesday. Union Rags has a “small lesion of his high suspensory,� said Anderson, but added his prognosis is “excellent.�


play together because we have a lot of new players,� she said. “We have to find a way to get in our groove and use all of our strengths.� Wilbourn said the camp is important because it gives the team a head start on training the new players. “It’s pretty important to get a jump on the sea-

son and not wait until school starts to teach the new players and let them know how Coach Birdsong does things,� she said. “We have to learn how the new girls play and they have to learn how we play before going into the season.� After the camp ends, the Lady Lions will be off again until the first day of school.


shot a 1-under 71 in round one and followed that with a 3-under 69 in the second round for a 140 total. His best two-round tournament score during Harding’s 2011-12 season was a 146 at the Natural State Golf Classic, played at Red Apple Country Club in Heber Springs.

Connor Black, a 16-year-old from Houston, won the qualifier with a 13-under, 131. Drew Evans of Dallas was second at 9-under, and Jade Scott of Daingerfield, Texas, was third at 7-under, just three strokes ahead of Collins. Evans and Scott are both members of Texas A&M’s golf team.






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Busy Rockets get picks

New system helps Oaklawn program

LITTLE ROCK — Already ensconced as a preferred route to the Triple Crown races, Oaklawn Park’s stakes program for Kentucky Derby hopefuls will be even more attractive once horsemen digest the new formula for qualifying. No longer do graded earnings matter. In place since 1986, that system could be confusing to casual fans. Whether the race in question was the Grade I Arkansas Derby, the Grade II Louisiana Derby, or the Grade III Sunland Park Derby, $100,000 in earnings was the same 100K. Beginning in 2013, the 20 Derby starters will be determined by points earned in a variety of races. The seven most significant 3-year-old races — the Arkansas Derby, Florida Derby, the Blue Grass for example — will be worth 100-40-20-10 points to finishers one through four. Below that will be eight races like the Rebel at Oaklawn, the Tampa Bay Derby, and the Sunland Derby with 50-20-10-5 points at stake. At the bottom of the scale are nine races, including the Southwest at Oaklawn and the El Camino Real Derby in northern California, worth 10-4-2-1. Maybe the opinion is influenced by fruitlessly chasing Delta Downs Jackpot winner Sabercat via the mutuel windows at Oaklawn Park and Churchill Downs, but devaluing the 2-year-old races is most welcome. Sabercat’s victory in the $1 million race in south Louisiana last fall secured a spot in the Derby field because he banked graded money, but the best he has done at 3 is run third in the Arkansas Derby, a performance worth 20 points under the new system. Churchill Downs officials believe a horse will have to accumulate 40 points to be certain of a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday of May 2013. Down the line, officials may revisit the 10-4-2-1 for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but for now it is only of equal value with other 2-year-old races. Sprint races are worth nothing. So, too, turf races. Races strictly for fillies are also worthless, meaning a horseman with an eye on the Kentucky Derby would have to send his filly against the boys long before the Derby. In addition, the

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HARRY KING $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne was left off the points list. Whether that is because of an argument over dates between the Churchill Downs-owned Arlington Park and Hawthorne is immaterial. What matters is that the Illinois Derby will be avoided by horsemen trying to get into the Kentucky Derby. In 2002, Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem only got into the race because he had won the Illinois Derby. If the system had been in place this year, Illinois Derby winner Done Talking’s lone point would have come from a fourthplace finish in a 2-yearold race in New York. Eighth on the graded money list this year, Arkansas Derby winner Bodemeister would have topped the points list with 120 under the new system. Breeders Cup Juvenile winner Hansen, No. 1 in graded money, would have been fifth in points. Counting the 2-yearold races, Santa Anita offers races worth a total of 323 points and New York tracks have events with 306 points available. At Oaklawn, 289 points are available even though there is no 2-year-old racing. Eliminate the 2-year-old races and Oaklawn and Santa Anita are at the top of the points list with 289 each. Next comes the New York tracks, the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, and Gulfstream Park in Florida with 272 each. Head to head, the four races offered at Santa Anita and Oaklawn offer the same points per event, but Oaklawn’s program is more attractive because of the purse money. This year, Santa Anita offered 3-year-old races worth $100,000, $200,000, $300,000, and $750,000. Oaklawn races were the $100,000 Smarty Jones, $250,000 Southwest, $500,000 Rebel, and $1 million Arkansas Derby. Harry King is sports columnist for Stephens Media’s Arkansas News Bureau. His e-mail address is

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Local 3v3 team takes 2nd in Missouri The Storm 02 Team recently placed second at the 3v3 Live Soccer Tour in Joplin, Mo. The traveling 3v3 team will head to Heber Springs this weekend, and will cross state lines July 21 to compete in Dallas. Front row, from left: Justin Mayes, Macy Hall, and Thomas Larios. Back: Coach Kathy Larios.

UK: 3,500 more troops assigned to Olympics Associated Press

LONDON — Britain put an extra 3,500 military personnel on standby Wednesday to protect venues at the London Olympics, after a private contractor said it may not be able to provide enough security guards on time. The contractor, G4S, had been enlisted to provide the bulk of the 13,200 private security guards across 100 venues, but said in a statement that it may not hit its target because of problems recruiting and training staff. In a statement, the government ministry in charge of crime and security said the troops would be ready to be deployed to cover any shortfall. “We have agreed to offer help to G4S by revising the level of military support,” the Home Office said. Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will confirm the full details to Parliament on Thursday in an official written ministerial statement, the Home Office said. G4S insisted that it still hopes to be able to supply the guards, but Britain’s government is putting the troops on alert to be quickly deployed if the contractor cannot meet its obligations.

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Workers put up advertising at a shopping mall Wednesday near the London 2012 Olympic Park, as work continued to ready the site for the summer games, which begin July 27. “This has been an unprecedented and very complex security recruitment, training and deployment exercise, which has been carried out to a tight timescale,” the company said in a statement. “We have encountered some issues in relation to workforce supply and scheduling over the last couple of weeks, but are resolving these every day.” The firm said it accepted “that the government has decided to overlay additional resources.” It was not clear what, if any, penalties the company would face if it failed to

USADA grants Armstrong 30-day extension BY JIM VERTUNO Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday granted Lance Armstrong an extension of up to 30 days to contest drug charges while the seven-time Tour de France winner challenges the case in federal court. The move erases the Saturday deadline for Armstrong to either send the case to arbitration or accept sanctions from USADA, which would likely include a lifetime ban from cycling and other sports along with stripping the Tour titles he won from 1999-2005. Armstrong this week sued in U.S. District Court in Austin to block the case from moving forward, arguing that USADA’s arbitration process violates his constitutional rights and that the agency doesn’t have jurisdiction over the

alleged doping violations. Granted the extension, Armstrong attorney Tim Herman on Wednesday withdrew a request for a temporary restraining order while Judge Sam Sparks reviews the complaint and a request for an injunction. USADA accused Armstrong in June of performance-enhancing drug use throughout much of his career. Armstrong insists he is innocent and says he never failed a drug test. Travis Tygart, USADA’s chief executive, predicted Armstrong’s lawsuit will be dismissed. “USADA believes this lawsuit, like previous lawsuits aimed at concealing the truth, is without merit and is confident the court will continue to uphold the established rules which are compliant with federal law and were approved by athletes, the U.S. Olympic

Committee, and all Olympic sports organizations,” Tygart said in a statement. Johan Bruyneel, the manager on Armstrong’s winning teams, who also has been charged, is not covered by the 30-day extension, even though USADA had consolidated their cases, USADA spokeswoman Annie Skinner said. Bruyneel still faces a Saturday deadline to challenge the charges or be sanctioned, Skinner said. Bruyneel, who manages the Radioshack-NissanTrek team, skipped this year’s Tour de France because of the investigation. RadioShack-NissanTrek team spokesman Philippe Maertens declined to comment, and said he was “100 percent sure” that Bruyneel didn’t want to comment. Three former medical staff members and consultants on Armstrong’s

winning teams received lifetime bans from sport from USADA on Tuesday. Luis Garcia del Moral was a team doctor; Michele Ferrari was a consulting doctor; and Jose “Pepe” Marti (team trainer) worked for Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel squads. All had been accused by USADA of participating in a vast doping conspiracy on those teams during part or all of Armstrong’s seven Tour victories. There was no indication that those three cooperated with the USADA investigation before receiving the maximum punishment. Another team doctor, Pedro Celaya, also has been charged. A USADA statement announcing the penalties against Moral, Ferrari and Marti suggested Celaya chose to send his case to arbitration.

meet its contract. Main opposition Labour Party lawmaker Tessa Jowell, Olympics minister in the previous government, said the news was a concern with the London Games due to begin on July 27. “This is clearly a serious problem, and we have to understand how this problem arose,” she said. Britain has committed 553 million pounds ($857 million) for venue security, covering arenas in London and a number of additional locations across Britain — including a southern England sailing center and five soccer stadiums.

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets traded center Marcus Camby to the New York Knicks for guard Toney Douglas, centers Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan and future second-round picks. Earlier Wednesday, when the NBA’s moratorium on trades ended, Houston dealt point guard Kyle Lowry to Toronto for a future firstround lottery pick and forward Gary Forbes. The Rockets have been collecting draft picks for a potential package to entice Orlando to send All-Star center Dwight Howard their way. The Lowry deal was in place several days ago, and the Camby deal was agreed to on Monday. The 38-year-old Camby will return to New York, where he played from 1998-2002. Yahoo Sports reported that Camby’s deal was for three years and $13.2 million. The 6-foot-11 Camby was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1996 draft and became a fan favorite in New York before the Knicks dealt him to Denver in 2002. He should become a valuable backup at center to Tyson Chandler, last season’s NBA Defensive Player of the Year. The Rockets obtained Camby from Portland at last season’s trading deadline. He averaged 7.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 19 games. Houston is also expected to sign Bulls center Omer Asik and Knicks guard Jeremy Lin to offer sheets. Chicago and New York will have three days to match the Rockets’ offers. Lin catapulted to stardom in New York during a dazzling stretch in February where he scored at least 20 points in nine of 10 games. The Knicks are expected to match Houston’s offer and retain Lin, who was undrafted out of Harvard. Lowry played four seasons in Houston and averaged 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists last season. The Rockets wanted to re-sign Goran Dragic, who took over the starting role and played well after Lowry was sidelined with a bacterial infection. But Dragic agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract to rejoin Phoenix, where he played from 2008-11.

Allmendinger says he tested positive for stimulant Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger said Wednesday that he tested positive for a stimulant and was collecting his medicines and supplements in an attempt to figure out what got him in trouble. A statement issued by Allmendinger’s business manager did not identify the stimulant and said the driver does not

know what caused him to fail the random test conducted June 29. He was suspended Saturday and NASCAR has not revealed the substance, either. “AJ tested positive for a stimulant. He has no idea why the first test was positive, and he has never knowingly taken any prohibited substance,” said Tara Ragan, vice president of Allmendinger’s Walldinger Racing Inc.

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Nigel Short, an English chess grandmaster who lost a world title match to Garry Kasparov in 1993, said, “A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused.” Occasionally a bridge player will sac-

rifice a trick to give his opponent, whether dazed, confused or fully aware of the situation, the lead when that opponent must make a beneficial play for declarer. Today’s deal is an example. How should South plan the play in three notrump after West leads the heart seven and East puts up his king? South’s rebid showed a balanced hand with 25 to 27 points. If responder had had some major-suit length, he would have had to pass unless holding enough strength to expect four no-trump to be safe. There is a solution, which admittedly introduces other problems. The curious should look up Kokish Relay on the Internet. South seems to have nine top tricks: one spade, one heart, four diamonds and three clubs. But there is a snag: The club suit is blocked and there is no entry to the dummy. What is the solution? Declarer must call on an opponent to get him into the dummy. South ducks the first trick, wins the heart return (a spade shift does not help), and cashes his minor-suit winners. He then leads the heart jack. West takes this trick and two more in the suit, but what does he do next? West is endplayed. He must lead either a club to dummy’s ace, or a spade away from his king into South’s ace-queen.

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Your Birthday Thursday, July 12, 2012 If you’re an unattached Cancer, you could meet someone in the year ahead who will fulfill all of your romantic requirements. However, it’s likely that this relationship will start out friendly before it blossoms into a romance. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- If you’re smart, you won’t gamble with friends, even for insignificant stakes. There’s a chance that a big misunderstanding could arise over something rather petty. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Devote your time and attention to situations that could make or save you money. Time and attention devoted to these factors will yield large profits down the line.

Astrograph VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Provided you don’t tip your hand prematurely, a significant objective can be achieved. Remember the competitors lurking in the wings who would love to know your plans. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Give no credence to advice offered you by someone whom you know doesn’t have an accurate handle on what you’re doing. This individual’s intentions may be good, but his or her counsel isn’t. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- When it comes to a partnership arrangement, let your cohort do all the talking. There is a strong chance your two cents’ worth could be the wrong thing at the wrong time. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- The possibilities for achieving your ambitions and objectives look pretty good, even though you might have to contend with some petty frustrations on your road to victory. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Although you’re likely to be painfully aware of the flaws in others, it’ll serve no useful purpose to call attention to them. Instead, work on your own shortcomings. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- You might

Dennis the Menace find it necessary to make a small concession in a commercial matter in order to reap some larger gains. You’ll understand that nothing is ever optimal. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- If the work you’re doing requires extreme diligence, have another double-check your efforts, especially details that have to be put in writing. You could easily miss a small oversight. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Don’t settle for sticker price when you’re out shopping for something that is more money than you want to pay. With a little poking around, you’ll find a good substitute at a much lower price. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- When conversing with friends, avoid discussing subjects that are much too personal to share with everybody. Focus on fun things that allow everyone to relax. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- One of your greatest obstacles is allowing self-defeating thoughts to overwhelm your thinking. You can control anything you set your mind to, and that includes avoiding all things negative.

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FURNISHED 0615 APARTMENTS 1BR OR 2BR Executive Apts or 2BR/2BA Condo, fully furnished or unfurnished with all utilities paid. Remax, Mark Biviano Realtor, 501-230-5751 FURNISHED SMALL studio Apt in Kensett, $300mo, $300dp. 501-827-3091 GAS WORKERS OK: Furnished 1 or 2 or 3BR. 827-7758/281-6152


3BR/1BA HOUSE for rent UNFURNISHED $600- Deposit $600 Call 0610 APARTMENTS David Dale @ Dalrymple 0450 LIVESTOCK Residential 501-281-3017 1BD $325 2BR/1BA, $400, No Pets WETHERS, 3-4 months, 2BR/2BA $425, Town Kiko Boer mix, Boer house 2BR/2BA $575. No 3BR/1BA, ON Johnathan St. $500dp, $700mo, no buck 5mo, Kiko does Pets. 501-279-7784 1-2yrs. 501-827-5195 pets. 501-281-2449

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1,2,and 3 bedroom apartments and for it’s Rental Assistance program. Applications may be picked up at the Housing Authority office at 501 S. Fir St. All applicants must pass a credit and background check. We can only accept twenty (20) applications for rental assistance at this time. We are a Fair Housing/ Equal Opportunity Housing Authority. Please, no phone calls.

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FOR RENT: 1250sq/ft shop building. 501-388-6484

OFFICE FOR rent, corner E. Moore & Golf Course 1000sq/ft. BEEBE NICE level open D r . , and fenced 3 acre lot 501-268-1680 with all hookups . Bring your doublewide and MOBILE HOMES your horse's.OWNER FI- 0675 FOR RENT NANCE $1000. down and $400. m o n t h 2BR/1BA, 196 Fairview Rd., $350mo, $150dp. 501-765-2099 501-827-3615, BRING YOUR single or 501-207-1828 double wide mobile home all lots have city water, sewer and elect. Nice in the country but still close to the highway location. Large shade trees. $200.00mo. water and sewer paid.Call 501-765-2099

2BR/2BA PLAINVIEW Community, washer, dryer, $500mo. Very clean, no pets. 5min to Walmart. 501-230-4485

3BR, 2BA on Foster Chapel. $500mo, $450dep. No Pets. BRING YOUR single or 501-281-2449

double wide mobile home all lots have city water, sewer and elect. Nice in the country but still close to the highway location.Large shade trees. $200.00 month water and sewer paid.Call 501-765-2099

RV PARK all utilities paid, nice in country on hwy 367 4 mile S.E. of Searcy near Garner. Nice shade trees, easy in and out, daily rate $10.00 Weekly $70.00 Monthly $275.00 Call Gary 501-765-2099 RV SPACE AVAILABLE: Quiet, 5 minutes from Searcy. Easy access to freeway Sunshine Meadows, 357 Hwy 385, Judsonia, 501-593-9007


3BR/2BA DOUBLE wide mobile home, newly remodeled, no pets,in the country, $750/mo $600/dep. avaliable July 1st. 501-284-9902.

3BR/2BA DOUBLEWIDE on Mt. Pisgah Rd, no pets. $550mo, $500dp. 501-281-2449

3BR/2BA, DEPOSIT required, in Searcy. NO PETS. 501-279-2403

AVAILABLE NOW, 4BR/2BA, MH, $700mo, $450dp. All electric, side-by-side, flat top stove, dishwasher, super nice. NO PETS. 501-279-9184, 501-230-0701



FSBO: 106 Ridge Place, 40X60 INSULATED metal 2BR/2BA corner lot, imbuilding, small wash mediate occupancy, room, doors 24x14, 501-230-2178 20x14 & 2 walk-in doors on Hwy 385 in Griffithville, AR. Call 501-268-6714, 501-207-3767

50X50 $500/MO, warehouse restroom and of- GREAT HOUSE for a fice, freeway accessible great price $249,000. 501-278-7573 West Searcy, 2369 sq ft, 3bd/2 1/2ba,lots of exFOR RENT 1600 S.F. SHOP tras, wonderful neighON 1/2 ACRE FENCED borhood. 501-593-1791 LOT CORNER OF EASTLINE/CARTOON RD GREAT LOCATION CHEAP HOUSE FOR rent/sale, UTILITES $ 8 0 0 / M O owner financing available. 501-230-7908 501-278-7594

Rose Lawn Apartments

Featuring, Luxury 1, 2, and 3 Bedrooms. We pay water, sewer and trash! Fitness center - basketball court - playground - picnic tables - grills - swimming pool. All electric - washer & dryer - garbage disposal - ice maker - dishwasher Call 501-268-9800 Office Hours Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm Saturday by appointment only For after hour appointments Call 501-539-1935



Page 6B • Thursday, July 12, 2012 HOMES FOR 0710 SALE


REDUCED: 3BR/2BA 2 car garage, brick/vinyl home, vaulted ceiling, living room, open kitchen/dining, ceramic tile, in laid floors, storm cellar & shop on 1.66 acres. W. Hwy 36, Searcy. 501-733-8233

2007 FORD F-150, 2wd, 4DR, ext. cab, loaded, new tires, perfect condition. 31K miles, $17,500. 501-278-1537


2.65 AC./ 10.54 ac. for sell OWNER FINANCE,$1000. down starting $ 265. month Driveway, city sewer and water.Shade trees, pasture,Hwy. 367 South 4 miles southeast of Searcy 501-765-2099 40 ACRES of land with Oil & gas lease intact, for sale. 870-217-1086

0868 CARS FOR SALE JUNK AUTO'S Wanted. Now paying up to $900. Most pays $150 to $300. 870-251-6249 WANTED: JUNK Autos now paying up to $900 most pay $150-$300. Call 870-251-6249



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT CENTERHILL, PANGBURN, OF WHITE COUNTY, Floyd, Quitman, Vilonia. ARKANSAS PROBATE 1, 2 or 3 acres. Some DIVISION with septic, water me- IN THE MATTER OF THE ter, big pond, 10-mile ESTATE OF ERNEST V. view, highway frontage, HILL, DECEASED big creek, woods & pasNO. PR-2012-188-1 ture. One has a small NOTICE OF APPOINThouse. Owner finance. MENT EXECUTOR AND 501-835-8613 FILING OF CLAIMS Last known address of FARMLAND FOR SALE decedent: by Sealed Bid 721 N. Apple -Bid DateArkansas 72012 Wednesday Date of Death: July 18, 2012 July 4, 2011 at 3:00pm The undersigned was 3 Tracts consisting of appointed Executor of quality farmland the estate of the offered for sale via sealed bid as a whole above-named decedent or separate. Property is on the 6th day of July, 2012. located in Woodruff County, Arkansas and All persons having totals 340.1 (+/-) acres. claims against the estate must exhibit them, Please call for bid duly verified, to the unpackage and dersigned within six information. months from the date Lile Real Estate, Inc of the first publication Contact: of this notice, or they Nathan Gregory shall be forever barred 870-731-4344 or and precluded from any 501-374-3411 benefit in the estate. ngregory@lilerealThe notice first lished the 12th day of July, 2012. MOBILE HOME lots for Raymon Hill rent. Quiet, secluded, 127 Harness Lane many trees. ReasonBeebe, Arkansas 72012 able close to Searcy. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT 501-827-4630. OF WHITE COUNTY, ARKANSAS PROBATE RV LOT quiet secluded, DIVISION all utilities and trash included, reasonable, IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF: ROBERT 501-827-4630 GENE NEWHOUSE, DECEASED BUSINESS NO. PR-2012-179-1 0760 PROPERTIES NOTICE TO CREDITORS Last known address of 3000SQ/FT SHOP and office Decedent: off Benton St., in Searcy 610 S. Pecan $500mo. 501-279-3705 Searcy, Arkansas Date of Death: 2/5/2012 TRANSPORTATION An Affidavit for Collection of Small Estates filed on June 27, 0804 BOATS FOR SALE was 2012, pursuant to the 94 BAYLINER Capri, Ski provisions of Arkansas Boat, inboard/outboard Code Annotated § 28-41 motor, adult driven, -101 by the heirs and great c o n d i t i o n , devisees of the de501-230-4339 cedent. All creditors or other persons having claims CAMPERS/ 0820 TRAILERS against the Estate of the decedent are re2009 GULFSTREAM King- quired to exhibit them, sport (22ft). Excellent properly verified, withcondition, one owner. in three months from Sleeps six. Asking the date of the first $12,500. Call 230-2544 or publication of this no230-2545. tice to the undersigned UTILITY TRAILER repair. or they shall be forever Pickup and delivery barred and precluded available. Minor to ma- from any benefit in the jor repairs. J o n Estate of the decedent. 501-281-2714. A l l a n This notice first published on the 12th day 501-530-1234 of July, 2012. Buck C. Gibson 0824 MOTOR HOMES Attorney for Distributees MOTORHOME, 1988 100 North Spring Bounder by Fleetwood, Searcy, AR 72143 68K actual miles, very 501-268-4420 clean. 501-733-8233

HEAVY 0852 EQUIPMENT CASE BACKHOE, 580 Super M, 4WD, extend hoe, 501-472-0737


1988 FORD 3/4 ton, 4x4, 7.3 diesel, 78K actual miles. 1996 1/2 ton 4x4, SLE, GMC, 3/door. 501-733-8233 2007 DODGE 1-ton, 6.7 diesel, 6/speed, 9' flat bed, crew cab. 501-4720737



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Make a healthier lunch

Confrontations focusing on diet between children and parents have been around seemingly since the beginning of time. Many children start off as cooperative eaters, anxious to try different types of foods. As they get older, the number of foods they’re apt to eat diminishes, which can make choosing healthy items for lunches and dinners more difficult. It also can make packing lunches for school more challenging. Many initiatives have attempted to improve the quality of school lunches provided by school cafeterias. Government regulations to reduce the amount of fat and sodium in these lunches, and to introduce more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, are one such initiative. Parents of students who prefer to bring their own lunches from home may be left wondering how they can create healthy lunches their kids will eat. Considering school lunches must compete with far less healthy yet widely available alternatives, parents will need to be creative in their creation of homemade lunches. Here are some ideas to get you started. Purchase a new lunch container. There are many different new and innovative lunch containers that can make separating school lunches easy. Few kids want to dig into a brown paper sack and pull out something that has been so squashed it’s unrecognizable. Partitioned lunch boxes enable you to pack different items together

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ment on Facebook, blogs and other social sites. The data collected from 2,000 adults (both parents and nonparents) who frequently use social media found 88 percent of users rely on social networking sites for communicating with family and friends. The next most popular activity is connecting with new friends, followed by accessing product reviews and online entertainment. Social media is helping parents in a variety of ways, even enabling them to keep an eye on their children when they go online. According to a survey from Laptop magazine, 55 percent of parents are using social media to watch their kids’ online activities. Of that 55 percent, one-fifth indicated they only use social media to monitor their child’s online activity. However, social media has other handy purposes. Many parents use it as they would a bulletin board -- posting all types of information. Some parents use social media to


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Hide healthy foods within others. There are entire recipe books that teach you how to mix fruits and vegetables into desserts to increase nutritive value. Everything from spinach to tofu to beets have been included in items like cake, cookies and brownies. So if kids are reticent to dig into their greens, try a clever hiding method. Cut foods into fun shapes. Kids may be more inclined to eat a turkey and cheese sandwich if it’s cut into star shapes or their favorite cartoon characters. Invest in a few cookie cutters so that lunchtime becomes fun time. Don’t let the time of day dictate what you serve. As long as kids are eating healthy items, it doesn’t matter when they eat them. If a child loves bagels, choose whole wheat bagels and add an egg on top for a nutritious lunch. Serve with a gelatin dessert that contains chunks of fruit and low-fat milk, and you’re set. There are many different ways to improve homemade lunches for the better.

Parents can connect with social media

There is a power outage, and your child’s school is dismissing students early, requiring you to arrive quickly for pickup. Your kid will not be left waiting for you because you got this information immediately after a quick log-in to the social media site you use to connect with other parents. Some other parents may be delayed in receiving this important information because they rely on phone alerts. Social media has changed the way people communicate. Whether through tweets or status updates, information shared through social media avenues is often instantaneous and can reach a large number of people, REMEMBER which is why many THE OLD SAYING parents have turned to social media to The More You Tell. . . learn about events at school. The More You Sell! According to a study by Nielsen McKinsey Company, parents are more likely than adults withCall 800-400-3142 out children to play games, engage in to place your creative pursuits, and ad today! look for entertain-


where they can be stored separately. The divisions also help you remember to include foods from the basic food groups, such as a fruit, vegetable, protein, starch and dairy item. Have your child make a list of his or her favorite foods. Once the list has been made, see how you can make the foods healthier. For example, if chicken nuggets make the list, prepare your own nuggets with white meat chunks that are baked, not fried. If there are a number of bread items, see if you can substitute whole grain breads instead of white, bleached varieties. Get creative. Children may not be inclined to eat loose pieces of fruit. But if the fruit is stuck on skewers or served with a low-fat dipping sauce or caramel, it may look more appealing. Look to “mini” foods, which tend to be more fun as well. Little sandwiches and little burgers may present an optical illusion, where kids think they’re eating only a small amount, but actually it’s a full serving.

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stay abreast of school happenings, asking questions about when fundraiser money is due or if anyone got the spelling words for the week. Others find it is a good way to meet parents or speak with the parents of their child’s

classmates. Some moms and dads use it to set up parents’ nights out, advertise things for sale or ask for recommendations on contractors. More parents are turning to sites for advice and information too.

The Daily Citizen

Back-to-school party ideas

Back-to-school season is on the horizon, and many students and parents are either loving or loathing the idea of starting a new school year. For some, a party to commemorate the new school year and the end of summer is customary. Hosting a fun event for the soon-to-be students is one way to make the most of vacation time. •Go with a theme. Maybe the theme is rulers and text books, ABCs, or science, and it can run through the decorations used, the games played, the food served, and many other aspects of the event. Consider a science experiment inspired volcano cake that is oozing strawberry jam. •Include some educational games. Some students experience educational backsliding during summer vacation. That is why many schools have summer reading lists that educators feel promote lesson reinforcement for the coming school year. With this in mind, plan activities around concepts children learned in school. Think about math problem relay races, art projects, reading a story and reenacting it in a play form, or science experiments using solar energy. •Host a campout reading marathon. Encourage guests to bring sleeping bags and favorite books to a campout under the stars. Most of the time can be spent reading while breaks can be devoted to exercising, making campout snacks or telling campfire stories. •Rent out a fun bus or truck. Since many students will be spending a good deal of time on a school bus once the new school year commences, tie into those jaunts to school by renting the services of a game bus or truck. Some vendors will park their vehicles in front of the house for an hour or more, allowing children to climb inside and enjoy themselves on play equipment or compete in video game competitions inside specialized gaming trucks. •Plan a group event at the beach. Spending time seaside can be educational and enjoyable at the same time. Enlist the help of a few chaperones and set up an area on the beach where kids can play and explore the wonders of nature around them. Pack picnictype snacks or ask attendees to bring items themselves. •Plan a trip to the school. First-time students may be anxious about what to expect during their first days of school. Having friends who are slightly older accompany younger kids to school to give a tour and show them the ropes make the experience less frightening. •Host a classic pool party. Of course, some kids want to commemorate the end of summer vacation by enjoying the pool one last time.

The Daily Citizen

Thursday, July 12, 2012 • Page 7B


2012 FSA deadline approaching


The deadline for filing acreage reports for farms participating in FSA programs, including Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Direct & CounterCyclical Program (DCP) and Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) is approach-


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ing. Reports are due by July 15. According to officials filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of Farm Service Agency programs.

All cropland on the farm must be reported to receive benefits from the DCP, Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency Payments. The certification form FSA-578, Report of Acreage, must account for all cropland on a farm,

whether idle or planted. Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage must be reported to receive annual rental payments. Crop acreage for Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) must also be reported.


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BY JONATHAN FAHEY Associated Press

US stocks close lower for fifth day straight Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Dow Jones industrial average closed lower for the fifth straight day as worries about sluggish economic growth weighed on markets. The Dow ended the day down 49 points at 12,605, after minutes from a Federal Reserve meeting highlighted concerns about the U.S. economy. In a summary of their June meeting released Wednesday, Fed officials said the economy could struggle if Congress fails to avert tax hikes and spending cuts scheduled for the end of the year. Europe’s debt crisis and China also posed risks. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost a fraction of a point at 1,341. The Nasdaq lost 14 points to 2,888. Rising stocks outpaced falling ones by a small margin on the New York Stock Exchange. Trading volume was light at 3.3 billion.

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services is lowering its rating on J.C. Penney Co. further into junk status, saying that the department store chain’s performance remains weak. The ratings agency says it lowered its corpo-

rate credit rating on the Plano, Texas, company to “B+” from “BB-”. That’s the fourth notch into junk status. The news comes as concerns are growing about the company’s ability to turn its business around. Penney posted a bigger-thanexpected loss and a 20

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But the nationwide rise in electricity prices is attributable to other factors, analysts say: ■ In many states, retail electricity rates are set by regulators every few years. As a result, lower power costs haven’t yet made their way to customers. ■ Utilities often lock in their costs for natural gas and other fuels years in advance. That helps protect customers when fuel prices spike, but it prevents customers from reaping the benefits of a price drop. ■ The cost of actually delivering electricity, which accounts for 40 percent of a customer’s bill on average, has been rising fast. That has eaten up any potential savings from the production of electricity. Utilities are building transmission lines, in-

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stalling new equipment and fixing up power plants after what analysts say has been years of under-investment. This may reverse what has been a gradual decline

The setting sun silhouettes electric transmission lines crossing Berea, Ohio, in September 2003. A sharp decline in the price of natural gas makes it much cheaper for U.S. utilities to produce electricity. It just isn’t having any impact on homeowners’ monthly bills.

in retail electricity prices. Adjusted for inflation, the average retail electricity price has been drifting mostly lower since 1984, when it was 16.7 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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History, glitz shine on Eastern & Oriental Express BY CHARMAINE NORONHA Associated Press

ABOARD THE EASTERN & ORIENTAL EXPRESS — Beads of sweat trickle down my forehead on a muggy night in Bangkok when I realize I’m late for the Eastern & Oriental Express train. I’ve missed the shuttle from my hotel and my baggage bounces over the unevenly paved streets as I run to the station in a panic. As I fly down the platform, my dress billows behind me. I feel like a character in an old movie as I sprint for the train, but it’s not Paris in the 1920s and I’m not chasing the love of my life. Instead, I plan to be chasing back martinis as I journey through northeast Thailand’s picturesque landscapes of rice paddy fields and lush hilltops, en route to Laos on this modern luxury train. Flustered, I hop on seconds before the green and cream train toot-toots out of the station, and just as I imagined, it’s as though I’ve landed in a bygone era. Cherry-wood-walled corridors inlaid with deep-set maroon carpets pave the way to elm-burr paneled cabins, outfitted with floral-patterned furniture and adorned with veneers of rosewood marquetry and intricate inlays. Flamingo pink and brass lampshades create warm, buttery hues inside cozy cabins. Elegantly suited attendants pepper the corridors, ready to oblige your every need. In the distance, a bar piano tinkles Dixieland jazz. The Eastern & Oriental is owned by the same

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The Eastern & Oriental train crosses the Kanchanaburi Bridge on the River Kwai in Thailand. The Eastern & Oriental is owned by the same company that took over the storied Orient Express, which began running between Paris and Vienna in 1883. That legendary route changed and expanded over time and by the 1930s, the trains also served destinations in central and southern Europe. company that took over the storied Orient Express, which began running between Paris and Vienna in 1883. That legendary route changed and expanded over time and by the 1930s, the trains also served destinations in central and southern Europe. Luxurious interiors and service attracted royalty, diplomats, business executives and the bourgeoisie, and the brand — including sister trains like the E&O — still carries that reputation for luxury. The team that refurbished the modern Venice Simplon-Orient Express train created the interiors for the Eastern & Oriental, which began running in Asia in 1993. Its carriages incorporate Eastern motifs and themes.

The E&O has several routes, including journeys to Singapore and through Malaysia. I picked a fourday, three-night roundtrip from Bangkok to Laos. Unfortunately, we lost a day’s ride due to flooding that had washed out tracks in the south, so instead of winding through the countryside by day for a stop in Chiang Mai, we listened to a lecture about Thailand’s textile culture and history at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental hotel, followed by a delectable evening spread. With full bellies, we boarded the train just in time for a night cap, an introduction to our cozy cabins and attendant, and moments later, our bumpy ride into the night began. At dawn, the smell of

percolating coffee wafted through the corridors and the jostling of locomotive travel shook us from

slumber. Our cabin attendant greeted us with a continental breakfast, including a selection of scrumptious gluten-free baked goods to accommodate my allergy. And then it was off to Phimai, one of the most prominent Khmer ruins complexes in Thailand, which is on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Located in Korat in northeastern Thailand, Phimai was the site of a Khmer city, built between 1579 and 1589 by the Khmer King Suriyavaraman I as part of the Khmer Empire. Here, we were treated to a traditional Khmer dance performance and a lecture about the significance and history of the sprawling ancient city. We hopped back onto the train for lunch and journeyed through picturesque Khao Yai, where we disembarked for an afternoon tour of the GranMonte Family Vineyard,

a unique grape-growing region and winery in the country’s north. After sampling several international award-winning selections, we stumbled back onto the train to glam it up for dinner. The E&O encourages a formal dress code for its nighttime noshing as a means to help preserve its glitzy past, and also encourages passengers to get to know each other, so you’re seated among other guests for a fancy-shmancy meal and entertaining conversation. I dined with a couple who had recently lost their home and belongings in the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquake, and who were using the tragic incident as a catalyst to begin anew, along with a fellow Canadian who regaled me with fascinating stories about working around the world as an international conflict resolution expert with the United Nations.

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Dancers perform for passengers of the Eastern & Oriental train from Bangkok to Laos on a scheduled tour stop at Phimai, the site of an ancient Khmer city in Korat, Thailand, in January 2012.

New York updates American Airlines CEO says travel information it’s time to weigh merger options site for drivers BY DAVID KOENIG Associated Press

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is updating its online travel information for motorists, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo firmly cautioning never to look at it while driving. The website contains what state officials describe as real time information about a few hundred road and bridge construction projects, major bridge and tunnel crossings, traffic incidents, special events, weather alerts, forecasts, traffic speeds and camera views. It also has border crossing times between New York and Ontario. “Do not text and drive,” Cuomo said. “It’s not a good thing.” It is also, he pointed out,

illegal in New York. State Police have had crackdowns. Administration officials said Tuesday that the revamped 511NY website, apps for iPhone and Blackberry, social media links to Twitter and Facebook and other features will update trouble spots around the clock with information from the Thruway Authority, Transportation Department, Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority. Users will be able to personalize electronic maps to avoid repeated searches for specific updates. According to transportation officials, the website has already drawn 3 million visits and there have been 23,000 downloads of apps.

Google maps museums for smartphone users Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The world’s largest museum complex is being mapped room by room through a partnership with Google. Beginning Tuesday, visitors at the Smithsonian Institution can use a smartphone to find their way through 17 museums, the National Zoo in Washington and locations in northern Virginia and New York City. The interior maps total-

ing 2.7 million square feet can be accessed by visitors with Google Maps for Android. They include maps of the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History, which draw millions of visitors. Maps also have been completed for the National Portrait Gallery and a half dozen other art museums.

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DALLAS — The head of American Airlines says his company has done so much to fix its problems that it can consider potential mergers, and invitations will be going out soon. Thomas Horton, the CEO of American and parent AMR Corp., said Tuesday that American has boosted revenue, reached costcutting deals with labor unions, and is well on its way to a successful restructuring after seven months under bankruptcy protection. “It now makes sense to carefully evaluate a range of strategic options, including potential mergers,” which “could make the new American even stronger,” Horton said in a letter to employees. He said the company, working with its creditors, will soon reach out to “interested parties.” That wasn’t Horton’s attitude when AMR filed for Chapter 11 protection in November. For months, he insisted that the company should delay any merger talk until it got out of bankruptcy. But US Airways has complicated Horton’s job by pursuing American at every turn. It won the support of American’s unhappy labor unions and appealed to AMR’s

creditors with this simple pitch: One big airline will be stronger than two smaller ones. American is the nation’s third-biggest airline, and US Airways ranks fifth in passenger traffic. Combined, they would be roughly the same size as United and bigger than Delta. US Airways said it was pleased by Horton’s comments. “All we have asked for is a fair and balanced opportunity to present our plan versus others, and we are hopeful this is the beginning of such a process,” said US Airways Group Inc. spokesman John McDonald. Horton didn’t say how many potential investors or merger partners he’ll talk to, and he didn’t name any. Delta Air Lines Inc. and buyout

An American Airlines jet airplane approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia in October 2010. American Airlines is weighing various merger opAP Photo/Matt Rourke tions. firm TPG, which has invested in airlines before, have been rumored to be interested. Many airline analysts think Delta is too big for antitrust regulators to let it buy American. The same could be said of United Continental Holdings Inc., the world’s biggest airline company. Others such as Southwest, JetBlue and Alaska operate very differently from AMR and wouldn’t expand American’s international network. U.S. law prohibits foreign airlines from buying a controlling stake in a U.S. carrier. “The only solution, really, longterm for American and US Airways is to merge,” said Robert Herbst, an independent airline analyst.

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