EDITORIAL >> Lottery madness

You know that the grabby compensation practices at the state lottery are arousing people because Gov. Beebe weighed in this week that he was bothered by the high salaries. Beebe never criticizes anybody or anything — almost never.But on successive days, the governor said the mammoth salaries handed out to the new director from South Carolina and the first eight […]

EDITORIAL >> Tell senators to do right

Sen. Blanche Lincoln has received more national attention than usual since Congress has been waiting for the finance committee that she sits on to produce a health care reform bill. Representatives presented a bill this week that awaits a vote in the House. The Senate’s health committee also passed its version of the bill. So what’s the holdup in the […]

TOP STORY >> South Bend buys two new fire trucks

By JONATHAN FELDMANLeader staff writerThe South Bend Volunteer Fire Department received two new water-tanker trucks on Wednesday. The trucks, which together cost $112,820, will enable the department to better serve the areas that are not connected to city water. “These trucks will be a real asset to the department because they are more up-to-date. That’s something that we’ve been working […]

TOP STORY >> Rural areas hope to get broadband

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerAbout 140 people from several states attended a day-long workshop Thursday to learn how to properly apply for a share of the $7.2 billion in stimulus money available to bring high-speed Internet to rural and other underserved populations.David Villano, assistant administrator of the telecommunications program of the U.S. Agriculture Department, gave a broad overview to […]

TOP STORY >> Lonoke Walmart opens

By JEFFREY SMITHLeader staff writerLonoke finally has a grocery store after the new Walmart store at 322 Brownsville Loop Road opened Wednesday. The city has been without a grocery store since City Market closed about six weeks ago.The store has 206 employees; the previous location had 61. The store is 99,000- square-feet, about half the size of most Supercenters. Along […]

SPORTS >> Arkansas Activities Association has lot on plate at Aug. 4 meeting

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorNobody seems particularly happy with the Arkansas Activities Association these days, but then, when have they been? The AAA is developing the same reputation as the NCAA — overly officious, full of rules created with some abstract benefit in mind, but which ultimately leave a lot of people scratching their heads and saying, “What?”Several big topics […]

SPORTS >> Rocketman coming of age

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterHis nickname says it all.Searcy native Tyler Stevens has been known as “The Rocketman” since a dominating weekend of go-kart racing at Talladega Short Track as a teenager. Now 22, Stevens can still recall the trip that earned him his racing handle.“I got it whenever we went to Alabama one year,” said Stevens. “There was a go-kart […]

SPORTS >> Area swimmers eye records at MOC today

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterThe Sherwood Sharks will try to continue their dynasty today when the sixth annual Meet of Champs gets under way at UALR. The Sharks concluded a sixth straight unbeaten season and sixth consecutive Central Arkansas Swim League title, and will be looking to break several individual records today.Other area teams with swimmers qualified in the event are […]