SPORTS>>Former Jacksonville assistant named head coach

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorFormer Jacksonville assistant boys basketball coach Wayne Herren is finally and officially a head coach. Herren was officially named head coach of the Oak Grove High School boys basketball team last Friday. A series of unfortunate events left him out of the running for the Jacksonville job when former head coach Jerry Wilson stepped down at […]

SPORTS>>Bears staying busy through summer

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterThere will be little time off for the Sylvan Hills football team this summer. The Bears went to a scrimmage camp on Wednesday, and took part in a 7-0n-7 tournament at Pulaski Robinson on Thursday. First-year coach Jim Withrow says the progress displayed by his new team has been impressive, but hopes the stringent summer program will […]

SPORTS>>Jacksonville can’t get hits against Cogswell

By RAY BENTON AND JASON KINGLeader sports staffThe Jacksonville AAA American Legion team lost 2-1 to Russellville Thursday at Dupree Park. Jacksonville hurler Casey Winstead threw five innings of shutout ball before giving up one earned and one unearned run in the top of the sixth inning. The Gwatney team rallied in the bottom of the seventh, scoring one run […]

SPORTS>>Cabot AAA gets first win over SH Bruins

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterCabot AAA picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday against Sylvan Hills 8-3 at the Conrad Sports Complex. Southpaw Justin Haas went the distance on the mound for Cabot in the contest to earn the win, despite giving up a total of eight hits to the Bruins.The bottom of the fifth inning would be […]

EDITORIALS>>Huckabee has a bad week

What a week this was going to be for Mike Huckabee, our native presidential aspirant: Another televised national debate that would allow him to demonstrate his charm and wit against the grim Republican field, a big speech at the National Press Club, another big Washington fund-raiser with national lobbying interests that would fatten his anemic campaign cupboard. But this also […]

OBITUARIES >> 6-09-07

Ila JohnsonIla Taylor Davis Johnson, 91, of Beebe died June 4. She was born July 20, 1915 at Floyd, to Luther and Virgie Story Taylor.She was a homemaker and a member of Beebe First Assembly of God.She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Russell Davis and Leon Johnson; one daughter, Erma Jean Boyd; one son, Leland “Jitter” […]

TOP STORY >>Documenting Lonoke County

Story and photos by Heather HartsellThe history of Lonoke County, its past activities and the lives of its citizens is a constantly changing and challenging scene. Much has been discarded, hidden away in attics and forgotten or lost by fires and other disasters. But Sherryl Miller and a handful of volunteers are working to preserve as much of the county’s […]

TOP STORY >>Safe Haven seeks donations to continue mission

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerLonoke County Safe Haven has moved into a house in the northern part of the county and is taking in women and children who need refuge from domestic violence, but money is tight and the organization is asking area residents for donations to help pay the bills at the house.Brenda Reynolds, Safe Haven director, said a […]

TOP STORY >>Small city sees itself marching forward

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerA new dental office, a popular Mexican restaurant, a donut shop, a supplier of durable medical goods—these are just a few of the businesses that have opened in Lonoke in recent months, and local leaders say construction of the planned west Lonoke I-40 interchange will bring even more.Lonoke Chamber of Commerce Director John Garner says […]

TOP STORY >>Who eats crow after decision on funds?

Former Rep. Mike Wilson (D-Jacksonville) was having dinner with his brother-in-law Friday night as they faced each other over victuals they considered appropriate for the occasion — eating crow or dark squirrel meat.They have been on opposite sides over a state-funding issue that Wilson brought to a halt after he filed suit to stop the state Legislature from funding local […]