TOP STORY >> Family saves elderly woman in flood, starts rebuilding life

The family of Bertha Figley managed to get her out of a flooded mobile home.By ALIYA FELDMANLeader editorEven more admirable than her family’s rescue of Bertha Figley, 84, from her trailer when it was surrounded by floodwaters is their humility after having lost so much early in the morning on Oct. 30.Figley has stayed with her son, Glenn, and his […]

TOP STORY >> Prosecutor mulls Campbell retrial

By JOHN HOFHEIMER and JEFFREY SMITHLeader staff writers“We’re still in research mode,” Lonoke County Prosecutor Will Feland said Monday when asked if he thought his office would retry former Lonoke Police Chief Jay Campbell.The state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned Campbell’s 2007 conviction on charges of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine and numerous charges of theft […]

TOP STORY >> Communities salute our vets

Hank Lambert, an 11-year Marine veteran who served in the Korean War, receives an award Wednesday from veterans service officer Sam High during a Veterans Day ceremony held at Spring Creek Living Center in Cabot. Members of the Little Rock Air Force Base honor guard were on hand to give a rifle salute during the Veterans Day ceremony at the […]

TOP STORY >> Top doctor: Must pass health bill

By GARRICK FELDMANLeader editor-in-chiefArkansas’ top physician says the nation’s health-care system is “a mess” and needs an overhaul to ensure health care for all citizens.Dr. Joe Thompson, the state’s surgeon general since 2005, says as insurance premiums skyrocket and health-care expenses take up one-sixth of the nation’s gross domestic product, it is time to rein in costs while providing near-universal […]

EDITORIAL >> Don’t call it philanthropy

Every few days the Arkansas Lottery makes another breathless announcement about how many people are betting. From late Saturday night, when the first Powerball tickets were sold, through Wednesday — that’s only four days — Arkansas people invested $1.1 million in jackpot tickets.The lottery office reported the development with the same exhilaration that it has announced the magnitude of lottery […]

EDITORIAL >> Health bill goes forward

The U. S. House of Representatives passed a far-reaching health-reform bill Saturday, but by the dismaying margin of only two votes. Only one Republican, a freshman from New Orleans, voted for the bill, but the surprise was that even one left the cave. For the first time, no Arkansan had a leading role in passing landmark social insurance, nor is […]

SPORTS >> Panthers, Wildcats savoring down time

Cabot’s Spencer Smith (3) and teammates will get needed rest this week.By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorThe Cabot Panthers and Harding Academy Wildcats will sit out the first round of the state high school football playoffs thanks to their conference championships.Cabot (9-1) beat Russellville 26-24 in the season finale at Cyclone Stadium to repeat as the 7A-Central champion with a 6-1 […]

SPORTS >> Lions get it done, looking for more

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorSome might not have expected it, but first-year Searcy coach Tim Harper and the Lions are right where Harper figured to be: the postseason.After a multi-year drought, Searcy has returned to the playoffs as the No. 6 seed from the 6A-East Conference and will play at Watson Chapel in the first round of the state playoffs […]

SPORTS >> ’Rabbits ready for first round

Lonoke senior receiver Todd Hobson pulls down a reception against 2-4A champion Bald Knob.By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterLast week’s 48-13 victory over Clinton solidified the 2-4A No. 3 seed for the Lonoke Jackrabbits and sent them to the state playoffs for the third straight season, and also earned them a home playoff game against Clarksville on Friday at James B. Abraham […]

SPORTS >> Bears at full strength for Bulldogs

Sylvan Hills senior quarterback Jordan Spears is dragged down by Beebe defenders Dalton Wallace, 43, Jordan Brockway, 19, and Brandon Bailey during the Bears’ 13-12 victory over the Badgers on Friday at Bill Blackwood Field.By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterIf Greenwood was looking for a willing underdog in the first round of the 5A state playoffs, Sylvan Hills was probably not what […]