SPORTS>>Raiders’ first game one to remember

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterSEARCY — It’s nice to make history, especially when you can win in the process.The Riverview Raiders opened their varsity football program with a dramatic 35-32 win over Marked Tree on Friday at Raider Stadium. The Indians rallied in the fourth quarter for two touchdowns to match Riverview score-for-score, but missed all three of their extra-point attempts […]

SPORTS>>Cabot South breaks through to beat North

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorWell, the South boys finally got one over on their brethren from the North after two long years of futility. And just in time for the two clubs to join as one next season at the varsity level.Cabot South used a pair of first-half drives to hold on for a 14-8 victory over Cabot North on […]

SPORTS>>Badgers grind out workmanlike win

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorGREENBRIER — The Beebe Badgers ran the ball 62 times on Friday night and only six of them went for more than 10 yards. And that was just fine with head coach John Shannon.The shorter the gains, the longer you get to hold on to the football. Which is exactly what the Badgers did in beating […]

SPORTS>>‘Backyard Brawl’ No. 1 belongs to the Panthers

By RAY BENTONFor the LeaderExperience usually beats youth, and it did again Friday night in the late-arriving and much-anticipated season opener between Cabot and Jacksonville. The Panthers out-manned the smaller and younger Red Devils to notch a 41-15 victory at Jan Crow Stadium in the newly monickered “Backyard Brawl”.They did it in typical Cabot fashion, pounding out 397 yards, all […]

SPORTS>>Falcons open with victory

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterSEARCY — After a relentless second-half comeback, the Lions almost broke free from the cage.North Pulaski sophomore fullback Darius Cage had his way with the Searcy defense in the first half, carrying for 84 yards in the Falcons’ 21-15 win on Friday at Lion Stadium.The Falcons did all their damage in the first half, scoring three times […]

EDITORIAL >>Can Huck save GOP?

Anticipating a primetime speech or debate appearance by favorite son Mike Huckabee always fills us with both expectation and dread, and he never fails to fulfill both. The former governor’s address to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night was the perfect Huckabee peroration.The organizers sandwiched Huckabee between two other losing presidential candidates, Mitt Romney and the irrepressible Rudy Giuliani, […]

TOP STORY > >Farmers worry their crops will likely be ruined

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerThe rain and winds pushed north into Arkansas by Hurricane Gustav didn’t cause much in the way of problems on Lonoke County roads or for electric customers, but it may have sealed the fates of several area farmers, according to Jeff Welch, chief of the Lonoke Extension Service office.Sheriff Jim Roberson said flooding over roads […]

TOP STORY > >Cabot does well with controlling drainage

By JEFFREY SMITHLeader staff writerThe heavy rains from Gustav this week were a true test to the drainage improvements Cabot has made in the Heights neighborhood during the summer. Bobbie and Jim Lovell, retirees who live on Mary Ann Circle, have worried about rising water from clogged ditches beside their home for the past 10 years until Mayor Eddie Joe […]

TOP STORY > >Another group picks campus site

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerOrganizers for the Jacksonville Light-house Academy have selected a vacant lot on the corner of First and Willow streets as the location of the future school. “It is a good site in many ways – open, with sewer and water. It’s zoned correctly and with good access,” Lighthouse Academy president and CEO Michael Ronan said. “It […]

TOP STORY > >Second charter school applies on time

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerJacksonville school patrons will have two charter school prospects after all to pin their hopes on for an alternative to local public schools, come fall 2009. An hour after the state deadline Tuesday afternoon, one of the two applications expected for a charter school in Jacksonville was not in the hands of officials at the Arkansas […]