EDITORIAL 05-31-06 >> We’re making real progress

A study by the Rural School and Community Trust concluded last week that the effect of a school consolidation law enacted in 2004 was to close 47 schools, primarily schools that were predominantly black and poor. The head of the rural school advocates that paid for the study said she was “shocked” that the study told the group what it […]

TOP STORY >> Lonoke County JPs lose amid a Republican feud

BY JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writerIN SHORT: Defeated Lonoke County JP Gina Burton accuses top Republican Randy Minton of a vendetta against her and some other party members, and she may ask for a recount.Whether or not Cabot Republicans were punishing brethren on the Lonoke County Quorum Court who occasionally strayed from the party line, candidates endorsed by the ultraconservative Repub-lican […]

TOP STORY >>Williams winnner in mayoral primary

BY JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerIN SHORT: Ex-Cabot alderman, citing his managerial skills, beats Pedersen and will face several independents in the fall.Former Cabot Alderman Eddie Joe Williams won over Bill Pete Pedersen, 847 to 476, for a place on the November ballot as the Republican candidate for mayor.Williams attributes his strong win to his management experience with the railroad that […]

TOP STORY >> Privett is ousted as Lonoke mayor

BY JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writerIN SHORT: Voters registered their discontent with the controversial official and will decide in a runoff June 13 whether Alderman Wayne McGee or Jim Parks, the top vote-getters in last week’s primary, should be their next mayor. June 13.Although he couldn’t be sure until the votes were finally counted late Saturday, Lonoke city voters turned Mayor […]

TOP STORY >> Roberson, Martin rematch

BY JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writerIN SHORT: It may not be a Thrilla’ in Manila or a Rumble in the Jungle, but if past experience is a predictor, the third matchup between long-time opponents Jim Roberson and Charlie Martin promises to be exciting.With their primary wins last week, the stage is set for a third consecutive spittin’ match between Lonoke County […]

FROM THE PUBLISHER >> A dubious distinction for the county

BY GARRICK FELDMANLeader publisherThis is really amazing: We’re a twice-weekly newspaper, and we still have late-breaking election news a week after the primaries.We knew the winner on “Ameri-can Idol” before we knew the local election results. Don’t ask why, but the winner of the Idaho governor’s race popped up on my computer screen minutes after the polls closed there, and […]

NEIGHBORS >> Museum has foothold in downtown Lonoke

BY JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writerIN SHORT: Lonoke museum grows, seeks volunteers and donations to continue service to the community.Period kitchen, parlor and workshop scenes fill the display windows at the new and evolving Lonoke County Museum, housed in the old automobile dealership on Hwy. 70.“We’ve had lots of response from the windows,” says Cheryl Miller, executive director. After having seen […]

TOP STORY >> Rock Hard Rollergirls: Members sought for new state team

BY SARA GREENELeader staff writerIN SHORT: Women’s roller derby team seeking new members to compete against other state teams. Women’s roller derby–competitive roller skating between teams– is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the efforts of the Rock Hard Rollergirls, a central Arkansas team practicing twice a week at Skateworld in Jacksonville. “We know we can get hurt doing this but […]

SPORTS >> Bruins win two games in event at Burns Park

BY JASON KINGLeader sports writerIN SHORT: Sylvan Hills’ Class A American Legion team beat Sheridan and Benton, but lost to Conway in the North Little Rock Colts’ Memorial Day baseball tournament this weekend at Burns Park.Sylvan Hills finished the American Legion Class A Memorial Day tournament with wins over Sheridan and Benton, and a Saturday loss to Conway. The Bruins […]

SPORTS >>Searcy gets just one of four at NLR tournament

BY JASON KINGLeader sports writerIN SHORT: Searcy found winning difficult in the Class A Memorial Day tournament at Burns Park. A 8-5 win Saturday over Vilonia was its only victory. Searcy’s B&B Oil American Legion A team struggled at last weekend’s Memorial Day tournament at Burns Park. A Saturday win against Vilonia was the only win in four games for […]