EDITORIAL >>Prospecting for good jobs

Even the occasional good economic news nowadays is alloyed with the bad. Central Arkansas landed the biggest industrial prize of the era last week, but time will tell whether it was worth the high public cost.For now, we must assume that it is and celebrate with Governor Beebe, Conway city officials and the economic-development establishment the announcement that Hewlett Packard, […]

EDITORIAL >>Prospecting for good jobs

Even the occasional good economic news nowadays is alloyed with the bad. Central Arkansas landed the biggest industrial prize of the era last week, but time will tell whether it was worth the high public cost.For now, we must assume that it is and celebrate with Governor Beebe, Conway city officials and the economic-development establishment the announcement that Hewlett Packard, […]

TOP STORY > >Lonoke County JPs feud with judge

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader staff writer“Quit feuding and get on down the road taking care of the people of this county,” Sheriff Jim Roberson admonished the Lonoke County Quorum Court on Thursday night, so thin had worn the thin veil of civility.Democrats on the court applauded, but most of the Republicans, twice rebuffed in recent months by County Judge Charlie Troutman’s […]

TOP STORY > >Cabot ‘islands’ could be taken into city limits

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerCabot has not annexed any property against the will of property owners in recent years, but that could change since the city council voted last week to start the process of annexing the “islands” that are completely surrounded by the city.Cabot can legally annex land three ways: by petition of property owners, by an election such […]

TOP STORY > >Frontage roads go one-way, one lane

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerFrontage roads running parallel to Hwy. 67/167 from the Wildwood Avenue exit to the Kiehl Avenue exit are now one-way roads, matching the flow of traffic on the frontage roads from Wildwood to McCain.Sherwood police, along with state police, will have extra patrols out to make sure there is a smooth conversion and to help motorists […]

TOP STORY > >Frontage roads go one-way, one lane

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerFrontage roads running parallel to Hwy. 67/167 from the Wildwood Avenue exit to the Kiehl Avenue exit are now one-way roads, matching the flow of traffic on the frontage roads from Wildwood to McCain.Sherwood police, along with state police, will have extra patrols out to make sure there is a smooth conversion and to help motorists […]

TOP STORY > >Decision made on golf course

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerSherwood needs to have $1 million ready for a down payment and the mechanism in place to fund up to another $5 million within the next 45 days to pay for the condemnation of the 106-acre golf course.That’s the recommendation attorney Tim Grooms, who is working with the city to purchase the defunct golf course, gave […]

TOP STORY > >Benchmark tests show area schools doing better

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerMost local Benchmark scores mirrored the state’s movement upward and some area schools and classes have nearly all of their students scoring proficient or advanced—six years ahead of schedule.In fact, nearly 100 percent of students at Arnold Drive in Jacksonville, Magness Creek and Stagecoach in Cabot and Westside Elementary in Searcy scored at grade level or […]

SPORTS>>Sherwood Sharks, Cabot post easy victories in meets

The four-time defending Central Ark-ansas Swim League Champion, Sherwood Sharks, posted their third consecutive meet win of the year on Saturday at Otter Creek.The Sharks won 810 points to 402 for Otter Creek.The Cabot Piranhas also won their home meet on Saturday against Maumelle and Lonoke. The Piranhas topped the sheets at the end of the day with 618 points, […]

SPORTS>>Community Bank wins one, loses one at Maumelle

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorFor 3 1/3 innings on Monday night, Sam Bates was in complete control.The Cabot Community Bank senior Legion hurler had struck out five, allowed two harmless bloop singles and begun the fourth with a weak pop to short.Then the bottom fell out.Maumelle erupted for six runs on six hits and one critical error and went on […]