SPORTS >>Lonoke hounded, pounded

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterNEWPORT — Halloween has come and gone, but the orange and black attack was still in full force Friday night at Greyhound Field, as Newport kept its unbeaten record intact with a dominant 48-6 win over Lonoke to claim outright possession of the 4A-2 Conference championship. The theme of the game was a simple one; the Lonoke […]

SPORTS >>Red Devils fall to Patriots

IN SHORT: Jacksonville lost the game and its hopes for a playoff berth Friday in a 20-18 decision.By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorThe Jacksonville Red Devils closed the regular season much the same way they’ve played most of it. The offense moved the ball well but failed to capitalize. The defense played tough and held as long as it could. In […]

SPORTS >>Season’s last play clinches playoffs

IN SHORT: Cabot scored as time expired to qualify for the postseason Thursday night in a wild 55-42 win over Russellville.By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorEvery single play matters. Let no one say differently lest he be reminded of what took place on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 at Russellville High School. That was the setting for perhaps the most exciting, bizarre […]

SPORTS >>Big runs, pick six lead to Bear win

IN SHORT: Sylvan Hills got several big plays and an interception return for a score to clobber Jonesboro 35-7 and end the season with six straight wins.By RAY BENTONLeader sports editorIt mattered little how well Sylvan Hills played, or even whether or not it won, but the Bears won their regular-season finale easily, beating Jonesboro 35-7 and enacting the mercy […]

SPORTS >>Badger rally turns to heartbreak

IN SHORT: Beebe came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter, but lost on a late kick.By RICK BUTLERLeader football writerThe Beebe Badgers almost did it again.With a number two seed in the Class 5A state playoffs on the line, the Badgers watched as Batesville’s Nick Reynolds booted a 25-yard field goal with five seconds left, lifting the […]

TOP STORY >>Free flu shots being offered in cities next week

IN SHORT: Both Jacksonville and Cabot hold clinics, while Cabot will also have an emergency excercise.By ALIYA FELDMANLeader staff writerJacksonville and Cabot will host free flu shot clinics next week, and Cabot will take the opportunity to rehearse dispensing medication to a high number of people in case of an emergency. Cabot Mayor Eddie Joe Williams asked the state to […]

TOP STORY >>Businesses booming in Cabot area

IN SHORT: Lonoke County issues more commerical-use licenses as its population grows.By HEATHER HARTSELLLeader staff writerIt’s not just Cabot’s population that’s growing these days. During October, Cabot issued a total of 16 business licenses, five for brick-and-mortar businesses and 11 for in-home offices or changes in ownership. The city also issued six commercial building permits in October.From May to September, […]

TOP STORY >>Aging guardrails take a pounding

IN SHORT: Workers repair overpass for the third time this year as a new onramp opens on T.P. White Drive.By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerFor at least the third time in the past 20 months, state Highway and Transportation Department workers are replacing missing and damaged guardrail and supports on the southbound lane of Hwy. 67/167 on the Main Street […]

TOP STORY >>Bayou Meto does well on tests

IN SHORT: Parents, teachers and administration work to make school excel in county district. By ALIYA FELDMANLeader staff writerEven as Pulaski County Special School District has seen a steady decline in test scores among its total student body the last two years, Bayou Meto Elementary’s have accelerated. “The staff is very committed and has strong expectations,” Principal Karen Sullards said, […]

TOP STORY >>Air base assigned expanded training

IN SHORT: Gen. Schatz is pleased LRAFB has been given more duties to prepare flight crews on both the C-130J and C-130H models, adding at least six more planes and 200 more personnel in the next three years here.By HEATHER HARTSELLLeader staff writerLittle Rock Air Force Base will add more feathers to its training hat as the 314th Airlift Wing […]