SPORTS >>Rivalry game brings electricity to Lonoke

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorBeebe and Lonoke meet up this week at LHS’s James B. Abraham Field after experiencing very different opening games. The Badgers pounced on Greenbrier and won a 21-0 shutout. Lonoke pounced on Hot Springs and led 21-7 at halftime, but gave up a big Trojan comebck and lost 36-35 when Hot Springs converted a two-point attempt […]

SPORTS >>Panthers expecting one Bear of a game

By RAY BENTON AND JASON KINGLeader sports staffCabot will make the short journey south this Friday to face former conference mates Sylvan Hills at Bill Blackwood Field. The series between the Bears and Panthers may not have all the natural elements that make up a rivalry like Cabot and Jacksonville, or Cabot and Conway, but make no mistake about the […]

SPORTS >>Devils, Falcons try to turn tides

By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorThis week’s crosstown matchup between Jacksonville and North Pulaski will be the last for an indefinite amount of time. The two teams won’t meet again after this Friday for at least two seasons, but neither team comes into this game worrying too much about the other. Both teams were shut out and lost by six touchdowns […]

OBITUARIES >> 09-05-07

Johnny FraleyJohnny Leon Fraley, 48, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord Sept. 3.He was born March 13, 1959.He was a member of Morrison Chapel Baptist Church in North Little Rock and was employed by Precision Auto in Jacksonville.Johnny is survived by his wife Randie; daughter, Michelle Taylor and husband Brandon; son, Kenneth Fraley and wife Susanne, Matt Robinson […]

EDITORIALS>>Hurry up with gas tax

With every utterance Gov. Beebe becomes a stronger champion of a tax on the natural gas that is piped to the big markets north and east of Arkansas. Now it is something that desperately needs to be done, and he promises that he will get it done, although maybe not until 2011.We are rather proud of him, but the governor […]

TOP STORY >>Soldier knows Iraq area

By SGT. MIKE PRYOR82nd Airborne Div. Public AffiarsBAGHDAD — It’s not déjà vu all over again. Staff Sgt. Christopher Grimm gets that feeling a lot, except in his case, it’s not déjà vu. His life really is repeating itself. Grimm, 35, is spending his third deployment to Iraq patrolling the exact same Baghdad streets that he did on his first […]

TOP STORY >>Sunnyside up with cleanup set Saturday

By RICK KRONLeader staff writer“Bring anything that cuts, trims or prunes,” says Alderman Kevin McCleary, “and be at Galloway Park at 8 a.m. Saturday.”McCleary is spearheading a Sunnyside Addition cleanup that is a combined project of Keep Jacksonville Beautiful and the Jack-sonville Community Grant Program.The Sunnyside cleanup is this year’s kickoff for the Keep Arkansas Beautiful campaign.“We will focus on […]

FROM THE PUBLISHER >>Recognizing others who were there

Gene Bowman of Jacksonville is one of about 4,500 people who’ve received invitations to a ceremony Sept. 25 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the integration crisis at Central High School in Little Rock.Bowman, who is a Shelter Insurance agent here, was born in Little Rock and was a sophomore when nine black students attempted to enter the school but were […]

TOP STORY >>Bingo fever just keeps spreading

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By JEFFREY SMITH
Leader staff writer

Before online bingo, primarily www.bingobuddha.com existed and started to take over as the best online gambling. Bingo fever keeps growing ever since the state allowed legalized charitable bingo games the first week of August.

On Aug. 2, 125 bingo and raffling permits were issued by the state. That number has grown to 240 statewide, with two new bingo gaming permits issued in the area, according to the Department of Finance and Administration’s listing of bingo and raffle permit accounts.

At Sherwood’s Moose Lodge bingo hall, “Every day the lodge is getting phone calls every 15 to 20 minutes about when and which days the games are played,” said Becky West, cashier.

She continued, “Thursday night we had 170 people. Players were buying extra cards. There is still a lot of interest.”
Using bingo to fund nonprofit organizations is becoming more popular.

The Jacksonville Senior Center, 100 Victory Circle, is hosting its first official bingo games 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.
The center plans to host games on the first and third Mondays of the month.

On Friday, the center will have a practice run of bingo operations for senior center members. Small prizes instead of money will be awarded during the games.

The center has installed additional electrical outlets for the bingo hall and will add drapes to hide the bingo board when it’s not in use.

“The events are to help provide extra income to help with senior activities,” said David Adamson, Jacksonville Senior Center activities director.

Adamson also said the bingo hall will help assist with overhead costs at the center, which hosts an arts and crafts show and receives grants from organizations such as the United Way.

He said the center assists and helps promote independent living for seniors and delivers Meals on Wheels and serves lunches at the center, all are expensive.

With several bingo halls in the area, players have many choices of where to play.

“I was told people are shopping around at the different bingo halls, seeing which one they like better,” said Kennneth Fraley, vice president of the South Bend Firefighters Association.

Bingo is played only at 7 p.m. Friday at the South Bend Volunteer Fire Station.

Fraley said, “Everything is running smoothly. We are averaging 55 to 70 each night.”

The King’s Outreach, a non-profit organization helping the homeless and the needy with its two thrift stores in Cabot and Jacksonville, opened a bingo hall in Gravel Ridge.

Business is “pretty good. We are maintaining our crowd, with the same people coming in since the first night,” said Jacki Klatt, operator.

Thursdays seem to be drawing the larger crowds and he said he’s determined to offer the number- one bingo service in the area.

TOP STORY >>McDaniel reports progress

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerWith the leadership of first-term Gov. Mike Beebe and support of the attorney general’s office, the state is free for the first time in decades from the Lake View school-funding decision and court oversight, Attorney Gen. Dustin McDaniel told Cabot Rotarians Tuesday, just moments into his address.“We took a totally new approach,” said McDaniel. “We […]