EDITORIAL >> Lottery scam will cost us

The most dangerous thing about state-sponsored gambling is that its underlying attitude of “easy come, easy go” is infectious. The Arkansas Lottery Commission and its supervising lawmakers proved that again this week when they authorized the state lottery director to hire two friends from South Carolina at a combined salary of $450,000 a year.Lottery proceeds, they reasoned, are free money […]

SPORTS >> Let us be your one-stop source for Lingerie Football League action

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorAsk any sports editor at a community newspaper what the biggest time of year is, and he won’t hesitate. (If he tells you summer, because that’s the only practical time to take a vacation in this business, you should start looking for a new sports editor immediately.)What every sports editor will answer is high school football […]

SPORTS >> Chevy Boys’ power surge beats Benton

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorJacksonville Gwatney Chevrolet finally solved the mystery of Benton knuckleballer Jayce Mitchell on Friday afternoon, and not a second too soon.The soft-throwing reliever set down the first seven Chevy Boys he faced before Gwatney broke through for three runs in the seventh. That proved the difference in a 7-4 win for the Chevy Boys, who improved […]

SPORTS >> 8-run 6th dooms Bruins

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterNot even three home runs could keep Sylvan Hills out in front in the first round of the Gwatney Fourth of July Classic. Ty Van Schoyck’s grand slam in the top of the sixth inning gave the senior Optimist Bruins their only lead of the game at 8-5, but an eight-run rally in the bottom of the […]

SPORTS >> Castleberry slams Little Rock Blue

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorGwatney Chevrolet didn’t have to hit too many balls hard to score their runs in an 11-3 win over Little Rock Blue on Thursday evening at Dupree Park.And of those balls that were tagged, most of them came off the bat of catcher Patrick Castleberry. The Jacksonville High junior-to-be belted a grand slam and two doubles, […]