SPORTS >> Badgers finally put it together to beat Eagles

By TOM WHITESpecial to The LeaderCROSSETT — It has been a long wait, but the Beebe Badgers are winless no more.The Badgers opened the season 0-3 and had to go to double overtime to escape with a hard-fought 18-12 victory over the Crossett Eagles here Friday night.Adam Griffis scored on a 3-yard run in the second overtime to give Beebe […]

SPORTS >> Wildcats enjoy short field, win

By RAY BENTONSpecial to The LeaderHarding Academy won the turnover and field position battle, and as a result, won the game Friday night, beating Episcopal Collegiate 40-14 at First Security Stadium in Searcy.Harding Academy led 27-0 at halftime as Episcopal struggled to hold onto the ball.Harding Academy’s average starting field position in the first half was the Episcopal 42-yard line, […]

SPORTS >> Comeback not enough for Devils

By SONNY ELLIOTTSpecial to the LeaderMOUNTAIN HOME – The Jacksonville Red Devils put on a furious second-half rally before coming up just short in a 35-28 loss to the Mountain Home Bombers in the 6A-East Conference opener for both teams at Bomber Stadium.Jacksonville drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in league play and the Red Devils travel to Jonesboro on […]

SPORTS >> Falcons make lead stand up

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterHomecoming 2009 turned into a first-half score fest for the North Pulaski Falcons.The Falcons bullied Little Rock McClellan for 148 first-half yards and four scores, and held the Lions to 34 yards and only 10 offensive plays on their way to a 35-13 victory to start 5A-Southeast Conference play at Falcon Stadium on Friday.The Falcons (1-3, 1-0) […]

SPORTS >> Cabot rolls on

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorThe Cabot Panthers beat the Conway Wampus Cats 38-21 on Friday night, though outlasted might be a better word.The Panthers rolled to a 24-point lead in the 7A-Central Conference opener, but with Conway in hurry-up mode for most of the second half the lead dwindled and Cabot was left a little gassed by the end.“They’re getting […]

EDITORIAL >> Lottery fever sweeps state

Have you heard that they are going to start selling lottery tickets Monday? If you have been on the space shuttle this summer you may not know that at the stroke of midnight the first ticket will be sold ceremonially at a Murphy Corp. service station in the Chenal neighborhood of west Little Rock, and some 1,550 stores around the […]

TOP STORY >> Prisoner dies in lockup

One of three women in the Sherwood jail was found dead Thursday morning after she may have swallowed some controlled substances the night before.Jamie Flowers, 28, was considered homeless, was found unresponsive in the cell about 6:46 a.m. when jailers tried to wake her. The jailers made frequent checks on the cell during the night and saw nothing out of […]

TOP STORY >> Cabot girl has night at the Emmys

A Cabot girl was given a rare treat for an elementary school student when her grandparents offered her a special invitation to the nationally televised Emmy awards. Lexi Moore, 9, the daughter of Jon and Kerri Kimberling, flew to Los Angeles with her grandparents, Gary and Theresa Kimberling of Little Rock, to attend the television awards show Sunday. Lexi was […]

TOP STORY >> Blue Note: World’s best jazz label marks 70 years

By GARRICK FELDMANLeader executive editor Blue Note Records sent its all-stars to Memphis early this year to kick off the jazz label’s 70th anniversary. But it was snowing, and many jazz fans, including this reviewer, stayed home that evening, afraid of treacherous road conditions — although there was probably no more than an inch of snow that day.But for those […]

TOP STORY >> Cabot girl gets a special treat

Grace Gwin was all smiles this week when the overnight Walmart crew in Cabot gave her a battery-powered Ford Mustang. She looks toward her mother, Autumn, and overnight store supervisor Bill Rady. From left, Grace Gwin, 4, is held by her father, Rob, beside her mother, Autumn, who is holding her sister, Emily, 2. The family lives in Cabot.By JEFFREY […]