TOP STORY > >Council sees where county tax dollars go

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerSeventy-five cents of every county tax dollar paid by Jacksonville residents goes to the county school system, according to the County Treasurer Debra Buckner.Buckner told aldermen at Jacksonville’s City Council meeting Thursday night that she was on “a public-information mission.”“I’m finding when I visit groups and organizations throughout the county they all want to know why […]

TOP STORY > >Mayors suggest ambulance plan

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerWhen Cabot Mayor Eddie Joe Williams attended the Thursday meeting of the Lonoke County Quorum Court he asked for support for a county-wide ambulance service and got what he asked for.“Do you think it’s a good idea? Would it benefit the county and would you support the concept?” Williams asked. “If we don’t have the backing […]

TOP STORY > >Cabot approves sewer contract

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerOver the objections of Mayor Eddie Joe Williams, the Cabot Water and Wastewater Commission Wednesday night awarded a Little Rock company a $1.5 million contract for a 36-inch diameter sewer line that will extend from the new treatment plant off Kerr Station Road to Locust Street in the downtown area.The pipe will replace an eight-inch concrete […]

TOP STORY > >High school damage set at $75,000 from storm

By HEATHER HARTSELLLeader staff writerCabot High School sustained $75,000 in tornado damage during the April 3 storms, Superintendent Tony Thurman announced at Tuesday night’s Cabot School Board meeting. Part of the roof was torn off, windows were blown out and some awnings around the high school campus were destroyed.He and the board expressed their thanks to the district’s custodial and […]

TOP STORY > >Cabot council could increase impact fee

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerA special committee will recommend to the Cabot City Council on Monday night that the impact fee on new construction should increase to the next scheduled level. But the committee will also recommend that wastewater’s part of the fee should be taken out and that no other increases should be allowed for 24 months during which […]

TOP STORY > >Decision frustrates backers of district

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerSupporters of a standalone Jacksonville-area school district say they are disappointed but not discouraged that the Pulaski County Special School District Board turned thumbs down Tuesday on a resolution that would have endorsed a Jacksonville district and would have asked the state Education Department to create one. (See editorial, p. 6A)One Jacksonville school board member, […]

EDITORIAL >>Another Huck PAC

Mike Huckabee is most predictable when he sets out to surprise. The former governor and presidential candidate spawned a small frenzy of speculation when he revealed that he would have a dramatic announcement on Tax Day, April 15. His campaign Web site featured a doomsday clock ticking down to the fateful day.Would John McCain tap him as his running mate […]

EDITORIAL >>City needs good news

Jacksonville could use a bit of good news right now after taking a triple whammy in recent weeks: Losing the Gravel Ridge annexation fight to Sherwood, seeing a second landfill about to go up along Hwy. 67/167 and I -440, and taking a battering at Tuesday’s Pulaski County Special County School Board meeting, where a proposed separate Jacksonville school district […]

SPORTS >>Falcons weather tough week on diamond

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterNorth Pulaski’s return to Falcon Field at Dupree Park against Greene County Tech on Thursday capped off a trying week for the Falcons’ bid to reach the 5A state playoffs. The week started with 15-4 and 9-1 losses at Paragould on Tuesday, and the Eagles added to the Falcons’ loss column with a pair of 12-2 decisions […]

SPORTS >>Lady Devils pick up critical sweep of doubleheader

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterJacksonville made the most of its first 6A-East Conference doubleheader at Forrest City on Tuesday. The Lady Red Devils improved to 5-2 in league play with a sweep of the Lady Mustangs. Jacksonville took Game 1, 8-1, off big hits by Jennifer Bock, Taylor Norsworthy and Paula Burr, and sophomore pitcher Jessica Lanier continued her dominant performance […]