Lonoke basketball coaches Dean Campbell and Heath Swinney spoke to chamber members about needs for the upcoming Regional Basketball Tournament during the Feb. 1 Lonoke Chamber of Commerce meeting.


Lonoke will be hosting the Regional Basketball Tournament Feb. 21-24 at the Gina Cox Center. Sponsors to help provide meals in the hospitality room are needed. Any business willing to sponsor a meal, or a portion of a meal, will be recognized on the big screens of the Gina Cox Center. Food will be provided nightly for at least 60 people. Any help provided would be appreciated. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist in other areas of the event. For more information about volunteering or to be a meal sponsor, contact Marc Sherrell at 501-676-2042


“It’s been a season like I’ve never been affiliated with before,” Campbell said. “It’s been a crazy season with off the floor issues.”


Despite injuries and other personal matters which has kept many players off the court this season, Campbell said the Rabbits are ready for the upcoming tournament.


“You want to be playing at your best by the end of the year,” Campbell said. “I believe we are doing that. The kids believe we are doing that.”


Lady Jackrabbits coach Heath Swinney said this year has been one for the books, from the girls’ determination to the tough competition.


“The season started with a bang,” Swinney said. We’ve had six loses, but no one we lost to was a bad loss. It’s been a great experience for our kids and for us.”


Swinney said he has also had his share of injuries, to the point of having a five-man rotation. He said he is currently running a six-man rotation.


“Just trying to keep everyone healthy,” Swinney said.


In other business, Mayor Wayne McGee said the city has many projects underway. In the next few months, McGee said the city will be working on finishing the walking trail to MFA, installing handicap swings at both city parks and installing sidewalks from Academy to Center Street, the Presbyterian Church to Palm Street, Woodlawn Street to the football field, and Palm Street to Frank T. Bunton.


McGee said city worker are trying to get caught up on many projects in preparation for street repairs and line replacements which will be paid for with the recently pass city sales tax. He said the city is estimated to receive $17 million. McGee said the tax funds should begin coming in by June 2018.


The next Lonoke Chamber of Commerce meeting will be at noon in the depot. Lunch will be provided for $10. Please RSVP through the Chamber email account to schedule the caterer.