EVENTS >> 01-19-08

PCSSD head to speak on goals for schoolsPulaski County Special School District Supt. James Sharpe will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the North Pulaski High School cafeteria. He will discuss plans for the district with an emphasis on Jacksonville schools.Sharpe will also be hosting a superintendent’s coffee for parents and the public. His goals are to inform the public […]

OBITUARIES >> 4-22-09

MARY HIGGINSMary Ellen Higgins, 96, of Jacksonville died April 20. She was the widow of Leonard Burks and John Higgins.She is survived by her children, Frances and husband Jim Perdicaris of Jacksonville, Mary and husband Will Deal of Conway, and William and wife Rosemary Burks of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Tressa Laurent of Shreveport, La., Michael Boggs of Nashville, Ga., Kerri Boggs […]

EDITORIAL>> Good suits back Huck

Five titans of business gave the Mike Huckabee presidential campaign a badly needed boost in conservative South Carolina on Thursday, two days before its primary, by praising his friendliness to business when he was governor of Arkansas. Like everything about our man’s presidential striving, it was at the same time impressive and strange.Their statement, released by the Huckabee organization, urged […]

SPORTS >> Second half lifts Falcons

By KELLY FENTON Leader sports editorOther than a jersey mishap to begin the game and some spotty free-throw shooting throughout, North Pulaski was flawless in a 68-35 dismantling of Batesville on Tuesday night at the NPHS gym.The Falcons, urged by head coach Ray Cooper to improve their defense after a 1-4 start to their season, limited Batesville to four second-half […]

SPORTS >> Devils remain perfect in league

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterIt’s hard to imagine a storied rivalry like Jacksonville and Sylvan Hills coming down to a simple battle of the defensive glass, but that was the reality on Tue-sday night at the SHHS gymnasium. The Red Devils controlled the low block all night, limiting SH shooting opportunites on their way to a 49-39 win in 6A-East Conference […]

SPORTS >> Cabot gets in win column

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorBRYANT — Jerry Bridges figures that, with the rugged 7A-Central schedule remaining over the next five weeks, he probably won’t be getting much sleep.But the Cabot head coach no doubt rested well last night after his Panthers found the win column in league play with a 62-51 win over Bryant in a game much, much tighter […]

TOP STORY >> Mayor: Making forward strides

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerIn introducing his 2008 state of the city report to the council Thursday, Jacksonville Mayor Tommy Swaim said that Jacksonville residents have gone through some trying times, but things are looking up.For the 12th year in a row, Jacksonville’s wastewater treatment plant has had zero permit violations.For the 10th year in a row, the city’s finance […]

TOP STORY >> Cabot growth closing in fast on Sherwood

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerCabot’s population is catching up to Sherwood’s and Jacksonville’s growth remains flat according to information in Metroplan’s latest Demographic review and outlook.The report lists Cabot’s 2000 population at 15,261 and its projected population through 2007 as 22,281—a growth rate of 46 percent and just 2,400 shy of where Sherwood is supposed to be now.Sherwood’s 2000 population […]

TOP STORY >> Bondsmen appear at hearing

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerBail bondsmen Bobby Junior Cox and Larry Norwood, once codefendants in the sprawling Jay and Kelly Campbell drug, sex, theft and criminal enterprise trial, appeared before Special Judge John Cole in Lonoke Circuit Court on Friday on charges including conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Cox is also charged as a member the ongoing criminal enterprise charge […]

TOP STORY >> Beebe: Cabot is spectacular

By RICK KRONLeader staff writer“We had so many ribbon-cuttings last year that we broke our scissors,” outgoing Cabot chamber president Wayne Welch told a full house Friday night at Veterans Park Community Park right before the governor commended the city for its outstanding growth.Gov. Mike Beebe was the keynote speaker at the chamber’s 47th annual membership meeting and banquet.The chamber […]