EDITORIAL >>Slide worsens for Hardin

Lu Hardin fans, and their numbers were legion at least until this summer, must be hoping that the endless unraveling of the bonus scandal at the University of Central Arkansas is finally approaching an end. What else can we possibly learn about the secret gratuities to the president? Last week’s revelations were enough, worse in fact than the greed and […]

TOP STORY > >Sherwood to stay with NLR electric

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerNorth Little Rock will continue to provide electricity for most of Sherwood for the next seven years according to an agreement being hammered out by both cities and end a lawsuit that has been five years in the making.Monday night, the Sherwood City Council told City Attorney Stephen Cobb to continue working on the agreement with […]

TOP STORY > >Summer heat will get worse

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerThe heat wave that has gripped Arkansas for the past week has claimed the life of a 14-month-old Crittenden County girl and will be around for at least another week.The toddler was found unresponsive and hot to the touch in a mobile home. Deputies are trying to determine if the girl was left in a car […]

TOP STORY > >Villines: Fund jail expansion

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior writerPulaski County Judge Floyd “Buddy” Villines has a new plan to increase capacity at the Pulaski County Detention Center, he told Jacksonville Rotarians last week.Villines said that the county could put aside its $1.8 million in 2007 carryover funds—enough to pay off existing capital improvement bonds for the prosecutor’s new offices—then commit funds to pay off […]

TOP STORY > >Austin buys more water

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerAustin City Council voted Monday to sign a water purchase agreement with North Pulaski Water Users Association at a lower price, but the same type of agreement it must also sign with Cabot is on hold for another month while the city and the commission that runs Cabot WaterWorks discuss the minimum amount of water Austin […]

TOP STORY > >Kiehl shortcut to open

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerThe Brookwood Flyover and the Brookwood exit, which will give northbound Hwy. 67/167 traffic easier access to Kiehl Avenue and Brockington Road, will open early Thursday.The northbound Brookwood exit is just south of the current northbound Kiehl Avenue exit. That Kiehl Avenue exit will be closed from about 6 to about 11 a.m. Thursday for repairs. […]

TOP STORY > >Facilities key for charter school plans

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerTwo independent efforts are underway to open a charter school in Jacksonville in the fall of 2009. Both parties filed letters of intent with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in June and hope to complete the application process by the August 31 deadline. A group of Jacksonville citizens have been working for more than a […]

TOP STORY > >Cabot set to form SWAT unit

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerCabot is growing in more than population and businesses. This weekend, Police Chief Jackie Davis told a group of council members assembled for the first budget planning meeting of the year that crime is on the rise and with their approval, he will start two special units in the police department, a sex crime and domestic […]

SPORTS>> Cabot comes up game short

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorAfter scoring 37 runs and belting 45 hits over the first three games of the American Legion senior Zone 3 Tournament last weekend, Cabot Community Bank’s bats finally fell silent.Sylvan Hills’ Ross Bogard held Cabot to five hits over seven innings and Community Bank’s season came to an end with an 11-1 loss on Sunday afternoon […]

SPORTS>> Cabot comes up game short

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorAfter scoring 37 runs and belting 45 hits over the first three games of the American Legion senior Zone 3 Tournament last weekend, Cabot Community Bank’s bats finally fell silent.Sylvan Hills’ Ross Bogard held Cabot to five hits over seven innings and Community Bank’s season came to an end with an 11-1 loss on Sunday afternoon […]