TOP STORY >> PCSSD hires two for better school safety

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerAt a special meeting on Monday evening, the school board of the Pulaski County Special School District approved hiring of an additional assistant principal for both Jacksonville and Mills high schools and removed the allocation for the existing dean of students position at Mills. According to district policy, a school is eligible for an assistant principal […]

TOP STORY >> Lonoke sheriff needs more deputies

By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerLonoke County Sheriff Jim Roberson last week told the quorum court he shouldn’t be criticized for having a handful of deputies who have accumulated more than the legal limit of compensatory hours. He said the court should instead be supportive of his actions that have reduced those hours owed deputies by nearly 75 percent, from […]

TOP STORY >> Animal ordinance approved in Cabot

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerAfter more than a year of trying, Cabot finally has a new animal-control ordinance.The ordinance, which limits the number of dogs and cats per household to four in any combination, was approved unanimously Monday night by the seven council members present. The vote for the emergency clause, which makes the law effective immediately instead of in […]

TOP STORY >> City attorney duties vary

By JOAN McCOYLeader staff writerSome officials in Jacksonville say it might be time for the city attorney’s position to become full time. But when it comes to city attorneys in Arkansas, part time and full time are just words that have only the weight the city councils decide to give them.State law says first-class cities with mayor-council governments shall elect […]

TOP STORY >> AG: End school suit

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel wants a settlement for Pulaski County schools soon.By JOHN HOFHEIMERLeader senior staff writerIf the Little Rock School District continues to drag its feet to get more money out of the final desegregation settlement, all three county school districts may find the state’s generous offer of financial support withdrawn, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel told Jacksonville Rotarians on […]

EDITORIAL >> Some go crazy over the lottery

The Arkansas lottery will give us plenty of colorful characters to write about, and the games aren’t even a month old. But they’re popular — are they ever. The lottery is taking in more than $10 million a week — or about $30 million since it started three weeks ago — and paid out about $20 million in prizes. The […]

SPORTS >> Hall of fame to celebrate Red Devils of the past

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorThe Jacksonville High School Hall of Fame will induct five, or a lot more than that depending on how one looks at it, at its third annual banquet Saturday night.In ceremonies at the Jacksonville Community Center, the hall will admit former Red Devils athletes Mark Dewey, Bernie Cox, Ray Harris, John Buckwalter and the 1976 AAA […]

SPORTS >> Lonoke takes momentum to Marianna

Lonoke safety Taylor Blackard, 23, and Brandon O’Bannon recover a fumble.By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorLonoke heads back on the road with this week’s 2-4A Conference game at Marianna.But the Jackrabbits got plenty of mileage out of their latest home appearance.Lonoke is fresh off its 53-8 whipping of DeWitt in which it scored all its points in the first half, gained […]

SPORTS >> Skill players’ return gives Bears a boost

Sylvan Hills receiver Ahmad Scott had three receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown against North Pulaski.By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterThings are finally coming together for Sylvan Hills just as the Bears face their toughest challenge to date.That challenge is a road game at unbeaten Monticello this Friday. The Bears (2-5) are coming closer to full recovery after a laundry list […]