TOP STORY > >Gwatney threw a big shadow without blocking the light

Story by JOHN HOFHEIMER/Leader senior staff writerThat Bill Gwatney cast a big shadow was evident Monday afternoon when a governor, a former president, three U.S. senators and a choir full of state lawmakers attended his funeral in the majestic sanctuary of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.That several hundred mourners — including employees, business people, childhood friends, Democratic […]

TOP STORY > >Gwatney threw a big shadow without blocking the light

Story by JOHN HOFHEIMER/Leader senior staff writerThat Bill Gwatney cast a big shadow was evident Monday afternoon when a governor, a former president, three U.S. senators and a choir full of state lawmakers attended his funeral in the majestic sanctuary of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock.That several hundred mourners — including employees, business people, childhood friends, Democratic […]

TOP STORY > >Charter supporters to meet

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerTonight at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community Center, plans for a local charter school will be presented by local residents who have been working on the proposal for more than a year. If the organizing committee’s application for a charter is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, the school will open in the fall […]

TOP STORY > >Officers quit after wreck

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerOne police officer has left the Beebe Police Department and another has turned in his resignation in the wake of a controversy over whether Alderman Janice Petray received special treatment following a rear-end collision in July because she was dating one of the officers.Police Chief Wayne Ballew said this week that Steve Benton left the department […]

TOP STORY > >Officers quit after wreck

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerOne police officer has left the Beebe Police Department and another has turned in his resignation in the wake of a controversy over whether Alderman Janice Petray received special treatment following a rear-end collision in July because she was dating one of the officers.Police Chief Wayne Ballew said this week that Steve Benton left the department […]

TOP STORY > >Ministers will fight permit to sell liquor

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerKopan, the Korean-Japanese restaurant and sushi bar that opened recently on Main Street in Cabot, has applied for a private-club liquor license. If the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approves the application, Kopan will become the first restaurant open to the public in Lonoke County to serve alcohol. Alcoholic Beverage Control granted a private club license to […]

TOP STORY > >Cabot pays withholding taxes to IRS

By JOAN MCCOYLeader staff writerTelephone calls from the Internal Revenue Service that have plagued Cabot Parks Director Larry Tarrant since he was hired in April will end this week since the city council has agreed to pay up to $150,000 in federal taxes, interest and penalties.The council voted unanimously Monday night to pay back taxes of $97,449.60 owed for the […]

SPORTS>>Touchdown Club announces 2008 slate of speakers

The Little Rock Touchdown Club has announced its 2008 list of guest speakers. Former Dallas Cowboy player and coach Dan Reeves leads things off on Monday. Reeves is a certain future Hall of Fame inductee with a record-setting nine Super Bowl appearances as a player, assistant, and head coach. Reeves played in two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys under […]

SPORTS>>Where does Michael Phelps go from here?

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorWhen Milorad Cavic remarked — fairly innocently, I think — that the sport of swimming might be better served if he, and not Michael Phelps, won the 100-meter butterfly at the Olympics last Friday, I believe I know what he meant.He meant that it might make Phelps seem suddenly human and his previous feats last week […]

SPORTS>> Early score just enough for Rhinos

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterA 13-yard touchdown run by Jerald Marshall at the 5:10 mark of the first quarter ended up as the Arkansas Rhinos’ only score of the game, but it was just enough to pull out a 7-6 win against the Tri-City Clarksville Knights on Saturday at Red Devil Field.Daniel Brown was the defensive hero when he stuffed a […]