SPORTS >>Lonoke still eyeing title, Stuttgart in the way

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterLonoke will face its toughest opponent all season this week when they travel to Stuttgart on Friday to battle the undefeated Ricebirds. The Jackrabbits are coming off a difficult loss against Marianna in a game that went down to the wire and was decided in the final minute by a failed two-point attempt. Although the Jackrabbits have […]

SPORTS >>Red Devils vying for top spot in 6A East

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorJacksonville is in a good situation, but not an easy one. The Red Devils meet up with the West Memphis Blue Devils this week at Jan Crow Stadium as the only two teams in the 6A-East Conference that hold their own destinies in their hands. Each team is in the same situation, win out and win […]

SPORTS >>Winning a must now for Badgers

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterThis week’s game between Beebe and Nettleton is a potential battle for the No. 3 seed in the 5A-East Conference, but for Badgers head coach Cam Prock, it’s just another tough game. Beebe prevailed last week in another come from behind win against Greene County Tech. The Eagles went ahead by two scores early on, but the […]

SPORTS >>Panthers’ hopes still alive

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorCabot is coming off a tough loss last week that saw the offense put up its worst output of the season. All appearances suggest they are getting a break after three straight weeks against conference unbeatens, but Cabot coach Mike Malham and the Panthers aren’t looking at this Friday’s trip to Pine Bluff in that way. […]

EDITORIAL>>Snyder is the choice

No one as far as we know ever accused U. S. Rep. Vic Snyder of holding a wet finger to the winds before he voted or took a stand on a hot issue in a political campaign. No lawmaker in our memory ever cast more votes that seemed calculated to get him defeated. That was true in two terms in […]

EDITORIAL>>Using kids in attack ads

Politicians always feign shock and disbelief at the depths to which their opponents will sink in their television advertising, but Mike Beebe has a point when he complains that Asa Hutchinson’s latest ads exploit children for political advantage.The commercials may not produce the advantage that Hutchinson intends. It must be vaguely unsettling to voters to see children spouting mean political […]

OBITUARIES >> 10-25-06

SHELBA BAKERShelba J. Baker, 70, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord Oct. 23, in Little Rock. She was born to the late Jesse and Inez Tatum Powell on June 4, 1936 in Almond. She was a dance instructor as a young woman and more recently a member of the Nail Benders and a member of Grannies on the […]

FROM THE PUBLISHER >>Eyewitness to uprising in Hungary

I’m going to write this week about an eyewitness to the Hungarian revolution — me.This week marks the 50th anniversary of the uprising, although there’s not much celebrating in Hungary,where people died for freedom, because violent demonstrations are taking place against the government.But the uprising on Oct. 23, 1956, although it was crushed a couple of weeks later with Soviet […]

TOP STORY >>White County voters go to Searcy

By SARA GREENELeader staff writerThe Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Beebe and his wife Ginger were among more than 280 voters who castelectronic ballots during early voting Monday at the White County Courthouse at Searcy.The couple left the campaign trail Tuesday after a death in the family. A Searcy resident, Beebe is facing offagainst Republican Asa Hutchinson, former undersecretary for the […]

TOP STORY >>County jail a hot issue as voters go to polls

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writerNorth Pulaski County voters have only two contested local races Nov. 7, plus the statewide constitutional offices and a nominal challenge to the congressional incumbent. In Pulaski County, voters will choose between First Dist. Cong. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock, and Andy Mayberry, a Republican. (The district also includes Beebe.) Snyder, a lawyer, physician and Vietnam-era Marine, […]