OBITUARIES >> 07-25-07

Dean WordenDean Larry Worden, 40, of Jacksonville passed away Sunday, July 22.Dean was the oldest son of Larry Worden and Karen Robinson. He attended Almond Bancroft High School in Wisconsin and graduated in 1985, lettering both academically and athletically. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, where he graduated with a bachelors of science degree.After working in the […]

EDITORIALS>>Teaching history

The impulse to stay out of the dogfight among educators and historians over the teaching of Arkansas history in the schools is almost irresistible. The controversy has a certain elitist patina. Who knows best just how and when to inculcate an appreciation of the state’s past into youngsters, and precisely how much time and emphasis does it deserve in an […]

EDITORIALS>>What we need: more lobbyists

Every taxpayer was excited to learn last week that Arkansas had landed exactly what it needed most, another highly paid lobbyist. And they will get to pay his salary, opening at $150,000 a year, and the expenses of his office, maybe another $100,000.Oh, the presidents and chancellors of the state-supported universities will insist that the expense of the new Arkansas […]

SPORTS>>Bad luck leaves Gwatney AAA feeling ‘Blue’

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterGwatney Chevrolet needed more than the one inning of good fortune they received at Gary Hogan Field on Monday night, as Little Rock Blue took a 7-2 win over the Chevy boys in a game that saw nine Jacksonville base runners left on base throughout the contest.Gwatney played a much closer game than the score might indicate, […]

SPORTS>>AA Bruins move to state

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorThe American Legion Class AA Zone 3 tournament featured three quality teams and several very close games. Fortunately for Sylvan Hills, it came out on top of just enough of those games to advance to the state tournament that begins tomorrow at Hot Springs Lakeside.The AA Bruins beat Heber Springs twice, but lost twice to Morrilton […]

SPORTS>>Sharks bite into fourth title

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterThe dynasty continues. The Sherwood Sharks captured their fourth-consecutive Central Arkansas Swim League title this season, and capped the year off with yet another win at the Meet of Champs this weekend at UALR’s Donaghey Center.The Sharks took the win with a staggering 449 points to run away with the event. The Maumelle Marlins were a distant […]

TOP STORY >>Pathfinder to expand

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerPathfinder will build pre-school and remodel another building with $8.2 million in bonds approved by theJacksonville City Council Thursday night.The Jacksonville Health Care Facilities Board will issue the bonds and Pathfinders will make the payments, but before the board could pursue the bonds, it needed the councils approval.The Jacksonville Health Care Facilities Board was created in […]

TOP STORY >>Housing on golf course would cost city millions

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerIf the North Hills Golf Course were turned into a housing development, it would cost taxpayers between $2.2 million and $2.4 million in infrastructure improvements to accommodate the additional traffic and storm runoff capacity, City Engineer Michael Clayton said at Monday night’s Sherwood City Council meeting.That would include an estimated $665,000 in road improvements and […]

TOP STORY >>Harry Potter fans jam stores, library

By SHERRY HALLLeader staff writerHarry Potter fans lined up in full force Friday night at bookstores throughout the area to get their copies of “Deathly Hollows,” the final book in the series.Brandi Madill, assistant manager of Hastings Books, Music and Video store in Jacksonville, said the midnight release party was a huge hit. So many people participated, she couldn’t even […]

TOP STORY >>Beebe bans almost all pit bulls in town

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerAll but a few of the estimated 150 pit bulls in Beebe must be out of town within 30 days or they will be impounded and possibly destroyed.The Beebe City Council passed an ordinance Monday night banning all but the 11 dogs currently licensed. Owners of those dogs have 30 days to purchase liability insurance of […]