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Civil Cases in Hot Springs

Sept. 4 William D. Almond vs. Johnny
R. McGill, et al. The Housing Authority of the City of Hot Springs vs. Brianna Johnson. The Housing Authority of the City of Hot Springs vs. Trayanna Gordon. Bret Drain vs. Nicolle L. Berkley, et al.
Sept. 5 Emerald Isle Property Owners Association Inc., et al vs. All Unit Week Owners with Emerald Isle Horizontal Property Regime.
Sept. 8 Michael D. Lafferty vs. the estate of Angela Tulley-Petitt. Catherine Steer vs. Dr. Igor Decastro and Hot Springs Neurosurgery. Lake Hamilton Manor Limited Partnership, et al vs. Tiffany Young, et al. Shelter Mutual Insurance Co. vs. Velinda Lathrom. American Express Bank vs. Tab Smith.
Sept. 9 Ronald Dale Smith vs. Tricia Rene Alspach, et al.
Sept. 10 Cavalry SPVI, LLC vs. William B. Gay.


Opinion: On the Necessity of Property Rights

Jock MacGregor
Several correspondents of the fringe left seem to think that I am obsessed with Property Rights and I should remember that I can’t take property with me. They miss the point. Those of us who think that the Constitution is unique in the emphasis it places on the value of the individual, rather than the State believe that property, in all its forms, is the underlying entity that allows the people to hold the naturally avaricious nature of government in check.
James Madison’s essay is a brilliant dissertation on the importance of property. I have excerpted portions for the sake of brevity but not for content. I would encourage all to read the whole piece (Google: James Madison on Property).
Madison defines property in several ways:
“…that dominion which one man claims and exercises over the external things of the world, in exclusion of every other individual.”
“…every thing to which a man may attach a value and have a right; and which leaves to every one else the like advantage”.
“…a man’s land, or merchandize, or money is called his property”
“…, a man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them.”
“He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions…”
“He has a property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person.“
“In a word, as a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights”.
“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.”
Progressives may declare that the Founders are “old white men” “only interested in their own property” “slave owners” and other canards and red herrings, but the Founders’ reasoning and wisdom have produced a Country that has made life so much better for more people than any other Country or style of government. I will match James Madison’s words and the benefits that they produced for all men against the words of Barack Obama and the Democrats and the abject failure and misery that their deeds have done to the economy, racial relations and society in general.
Some simple questions highlight why it is wrong for Progressives to ignore Property Rights:
How can you have equality of result without taking one person’s property and giving it to another?
How can you have equality of result without ending up with a single, rigid economic class?
If the government can control your ability to move up the economic ladder, then should government be able to guarantee that you won’t be reduced to abject poverty? Can it?
Knowing that Government can’t create a high standard of living for the masses and knowing that the private sector can create a high standard of living for the masses, why should we allow government to determine our standard of living?
Knowing that government is corrupt why should we let government take our property and squander it?
These are but a few of the questions that prove that governments have no moral or economic rationale for taking our property; doing so re-creates the aggrandizement of a few at the cost of the many. This of course puts us back in history to a time when revolutions upset the social order. If we don’t pay attention to our history, will we be doomed to repeat it?

Jock MacGregor



Coach Tina Moore guided the 4A Lady Cobras to a sweep Thursday night in conference play with scores of 25-9, 25-13, and 25-20. Junior Pearl Lee led the offensive front and killer serves in game three to get the Lady Cobras out to a 12-2 start and a 21-11 lead. The Lady Leopards closed the gap to 22-17 signaling a Cobra timeout. Malvern chipped away to pull within two points, 22-20, before Fountain Lake closed the game with great sets and net play.DSCN7452

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Henderson Wins 60-17 on National TV


Henderson State scored 28 fourth-quarter points and allowed just 80 yards in the second-half to beat Southeastern Oklahoma 60-17 on national television, Thursday at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium in Arkadelphia, Ark.

The No. 7 ranked Reddies, 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Great American Conference, totaled 627 yards offensively while allowing just 274 yards on defense with the help10 tackles for lost yardage.

Several Reddies shined in from of the CBS Sports Network audience including  Kevin Rodgers (pictured) who completed 29 of 41 passes for 382 yards and a pair of touchdown tosses.

Rodgers, who opened with a 62-yard touchdown strike to Joseph Snapp on the first play from scrimmage, set the Arkansas collegiate career passing record previously held by Ryan Aplin of Arkansas State. Aplin threw for 10,758 yards from 2009-12. Rodgers ran his career total to 11,035 yards in 34 games.

The senior from Rockwall, Texas also threw his 100th career touchdown pass which ties him with Nathan Brown of Central Arkansas. Rodgers is only the 21st player in Division II history to throw for 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in a career.

Snapp ended the game with a career-best seven catches for 120 yards, while Darius Davis totaled 108 yards on five receptions including a 46-yard touchdown catch.

Henderson State also had a solid ground game totaling 245 yards with Jaquan Cole leading the way with 89 yards and touchdown runs of 11 and 12 yards.

Rodney Bryson followed with nine rushes for 77 yards and a 10-yard score, while Ryan McDonald had seven carries for 76 yards and a career-long of 62 yards for a touchdown.

The Reddie defense came up big on several occasions beginning with a fumble recovery by Dijon Benton in the first quarter.

With Henderson leading 15-7, Southeastern was driving when Glennon Bobo forced Ryan Polite to lose the football on the Reddie 25 with Benton recovering.

The big play led to a Houston Ray 19-yard field goal to cap off a 16-play 73-yard drive to make the score 18-7.

With Henderson leading 32-17 to begin the fourth-quarter and the Savage Storm again deep in Reddie territory, Cameron Deveraux blocked a Jake Walters 31-yard field goal attempt to spark a 28-point fourth quarter.

The Reddies proceeded to go 87 yards in 10 plays with Bryson scoring from 10 yards out to increase Henderson’s lead to 39-17 with 9:28 left in the game.

After SOSU went three-and-out on its next series, Rodgers threw his 100th touchdown strike, connecting with Davis for a 46-yard score.

Again the defense stuffed SOSU which led to McDonald’s big touchdown jaunt.

Henderson scored its final touchdown when Trevon Del Rio picked up a mishandled punt and went into the end zone for a 3-yard score.

Wesley Brady led the defense with 10 tackles, including 1.5 stops for lost yardage and three big pass break-ups, while Bobo had seven stops, two tackles for lost yardage, a forced fumble and a pair of quarterback hurries.

Henderson State will hit the road for the third time in four weeks when the Reddies travel to Ada, Okla. on Saturday Sept. 27 to take on East Central with kickoff set for 6 p.m.


NPCC Student Government Association and the Garland County Farm Bureau partnered to host a candidate debate

Arkansas Gubernatorial candidates, US District Four congressional candidates and candidates seeking election as Garland County Sheriff will debate current issues on Thursday, October 2, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., in the Martin Eisele Auditorium of the Frederick M. Dierks Center, National Park Community College. This will be followed by a Meet/Greet time for all races. The NPCC Student Government Association and Garland County Farm Bureau are sponsoring the debate. An event schedule is available at


Candidates invited to participate in the debates will include:

Arkansas Governor: Asa Hutchison, Republican; Mike Ross, Democrat; Frank Gilbert, Libertarian; Joshua Drake, Green Party.

US Congress District 4: Janis K. Percefull, Write-In; James Lee Witt, Democrat; Representative Bruce Westerman, Republican and Ken Hamilton, Libertarian.

Garland County Sheriff: Mike McCormick, Independent, Fred Hawthorn, Republican and Rodney

Neighbors, Democrat.


SGA President, Tracy Edmondson, said, “Part of the mission of the Student Government Association is to promote student interest in citizenship issues. We believe that it is important to educate our students about the upcoming election and the candidates. This event will allow our students, as well as the community, an opportunity to meet the candidates and ask the questions that are important to them as voters. Facilitating this event gives us the opportunity to not only serve our student body but the community as a whole.”


Garland County Farm Bureau President Tommy Sorrells stated, “This will be a great opportunity for the voters of Garland County to meet the candidates and ask questions that are important to them concerning the upcoming election. We at Farm Bureau are excited to partner with NPCC to make this event available to the public.”


Only credentialed media will be allowed to record and/or photograph the event. Please direct questions to SGA Advisor, Melony Ritter, at, or 501-760-6410.



Suspect Cuts Entergy Pole; Copper Wire Stolen

According to a report filed with GCSO, on September 17th Entergy Power Company received a phone call in reference to no power at a location near Lonsdale Cut-Off across from 2242 Highway 128.

Upon arrival,  the Entergy crew discovered that a power pole had been cut in half, the transformer had been drained, and the copper wiring was missing.

Entergy wishes to press charges against the unknown suspects for Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree.

The GCSO is investigating the incident.


Marijuana Plant Found Growing At Residence

According to a report filed with GCSO, on September 16th Deputy Schroeder was dispatched to a residence on Little Blakely Creek in reference to a vicious animal attack.

Upon arrival no one answered and the complainant was finally located at another residence on Little Blakely Creek.

Deputy Schroeder and Deputy King observed a marijuana plant growing in a planter about 15 feet from where the vehicles were parked.

Drug Task Force Investigators were advised to take pictures and confiscate the plant to place into the property evidence locker at GCSO.

Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance is a Class “A” Misdemeanor.



  Charles J. Cella, president of Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, announced Thursday that the Arkansas track in 2015 will become the first in America to offer purse bonuses for horses that run and win without Lasix.


The Oaklawn Lasix-free Bonus program will provide a 10% bonus to the winner’s share of the purse for all horses that run and win without Lasix.  This means Oaklawn Lasix-free incentives will range from $1,080 for its minimum purse of $18,000 up to $60,000 for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).  The total potential bonus supplement will be $1.4 million.


Further, Cella said Lasix-free bonus payments will be provided by Oaklawn itself and will not come out of the purse fund.


Cella called the program “experimental” and said he hopes it will inspire more owners and trainers to race their horses off of Lasix. “We know some horses do indeed need Lasix in order to run to potential and I want to make this very clear: we are not advocating that horses who need Lasix, race without it.” said Cella.  “However, it is also our belief that many of the horses running on Lasix may not need it. We think it is in the best interest of the sport and the breed to find a way to have more horses run without Lasix.  Our hope is this program will be a step in the right direction.”


The race day use of Lasix (furosemide) has been allowed in the United States since the early 1970’s.  Although the vast majority of thoroughbreds race on Lasix, the Jockey Club and a growing number of the sport’s more prominent owners and trainers have come out in support of reduced use of Lasix on race days.


“I applaud Oaklawn for thinking outside the box and taking a positive step toward trying to reduce race-day therapeutic medications,” said Mark Lamberth, an Arkansas Racing Commissioner and chairman-elect for the Association of Racing Commissioners International. “As an owner and lover of the sport, this makes me proud to be from Arkansas, where racing continues to come first.”


For decades Oaklawn was known as a hay, oats and water track.  It was one of the last tracks in the country to allow Lasix on race days.  Now, Oaklawn becomes the first track in the country to offer an incentive to run without Lasix.

Cella said if the results are encouraging, he would hope other tracks might consider similar programs.

“We don’t know if this will work or not,” said Cella.  “We’re trying to do the right thing.  And we want to send a message that if you have a good horse that does not need Lasix, come to Oaklawn.  If the program does work, we’ll share the results with other tracks and racing jurisdictions, and we’ll build on it here at Oaklawn.”


Oaklawn’s 2015 racing season will run January 9 – April 11.  Oaklawn purses have increased every year for seven years and it anticipates another record purse distribution of $23.5 million in 2015, more than $400,000 per day. Maiden allowance races at the start of the season will offer purses of $60,000, up $5,000 from the beginning of the 2014 racing season.



Bismarck’s Bar-B- Queen Pageant is Saturday; Festival is Set Sept. 26-28

The Bismarck Bar-B-Queen pageant will begin at 1:00PM Saturday in the Bismarck High School Auditorium.

The non-profit festival includes a 5K, parade, pageant, custom car/truck/motorcycle show, bingo, bands, arts/crafts and Bar B Que.

  The Bash will be held on Friday, September 26; Saturday, September 27th; and Sunday, September 28th in Bismarck. This year they will be adding a Backyard Bar-B-Que competition to the list of activities. The Bash not only raises money for the community, but also scholarships for the kids. 

The Bismarck Car, Truck, & Bike Show will be held on Saturday, September 27th at the Bismarck Post Office parking lot. Also, there’s something new this year called the “Car Corral”. For a fee of $20 you can bring any car or used car parts you have to sell at the show! You don’t have to be entered in the Car Show to participate in the Car Corral

The Gable Bradley Band performing at the Bismarck Bar-B-Que Bash Sept 27.

The 4th Annual Running of the Bismarck BBQ Bash 5K will be held on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 beginning at 8:00 a.m. 

Call 501.865.3361 or 870.678.3199 for more details.

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