SPORTS >>Conway sweeps Sylvan Hills

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterA pair of late-game runs from Conway handed Sylvan Hills two close losses Saturday at Kevin McReynolds field in Sherwood during an American Legion Class A doubleheader with the Wampus Cats. The Bruins trailed by only one run in the opener until Jessie Cormier scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth to tie […]

SPORTS >>Pitchers dominate in Bruins’ triumph

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterSylvan Hills’ Carter Lance and Cabot’s Justin Haas turned Monday night’s game between the Bruins and Home Depot Legion AAA teams into a pitchers’ duel. Both young men went the distance on the mound for their respective teams. Haas put up very respectable numbers for Home Depot with five hits, two earned runs, and one walk along […]

TOP STORY >>Asphalt cost slows road work

By PAUL PETERSONLeader staff writerFor the last five years, the price-per-ton of asphalt has remained stable. Since asphalt, which is petroleum-based, began skyrocketing in March, public-works departments have faced the daunting task of deciding their road-maintenance schedules, repairing heavy damage first, as well as exploring options to stretch operating budgets. Glen Bolick, a spokesman for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation […]

TOP STORY >>Cabot High almost ready

By SARA GREENELeader staff writerAs workers put the finishing touches on the new $13.9 million Cabot High School on the northwest side of the campus, facing Highways 89 and 38, teachers are already moving boxes from their classrooms in 25 trailers scattered across campus. Across campus, construction workers are erecting the walls for a $1,888,722 addition to the south end […]

TOP STORY >>Local area sees more residences going up

By JOAN McCOY AND SARA GREENELeader staff writersJune is Homeownership Month, and the housing market in central Arkansas continues to boom despite predictions of a slump in housing nationwide. “I have been in this business for 19 years and my team has posted record sales for three consecutive months in a row. Currently, we are averaging a home sale every […]

TOP STORY >>Outcome still same following recount

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writerIf it changed nothing else, the recount of two Republican primary races Saturday confirmed the original tallies and helped ease doubts about the optical scanner and its programming. Following the May 23 Republican primary election, Virgil Teague, Jr. held a one-vote advantage over Carl Schmidt, 586 to 585 in the Cabot alderman Ward 2, Position 1 […]

TOP STORY >>Lonoke picks new mayor

By JOHN HOFHEIMER & RICK KRONLeader staff writerAlderman Wayne McGee is apparently the next mayor of Lonoke, beating Jim Parks, the former alderman, 483 to 270 in the Democratic primary runoff Tuesday. Election officials announced those numbers earlier in the evening, but it was unclear at the time whether they were complete returns for all Lonoke precincts or just interim […]

EDITORIAL>>Message in a jail vote

For the third time in nine years, Pulaski County voters yesterday rejected a proposed special sales tax to expand and operate the county jail. Now, the county and municipal governments have a fresh mandate to be more innovative and more cooperative to keep communities safe.Every victory has a thousand parents, every defeat is an orphan. Who can say exactly what […]

SPORTS >>Wildcats wary of dangerous Bears

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorSylvan Hills and North Little Rock meet up again in their annual week-three matchup of neighboring non-conference rivals. Both teams enter the game 1-1. North Little Rock was shut out by Texarkana in week one, then bounced back to easily dispose of J.A. Fair last Friday.The Bears opened the season with a shocking first-half blitz of […]

SPORTS >>Lions always tough for Panthers

By RAY BENTON AND JASON KINGLeader sports staffSearcy coach Bart McFarland is hoping to get the first win of the season for the Lions this week while the Cabot Panthers will try to remain undefeated heading into competition in the new 7A-East Conference. McFarland knows that the Cabot team they almost upset last year will not be the same team […]