TOP STORY >> District seen as racial

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerIt is the Joshua Intervenors’ turn in court, as they opened the third week in the hearing on whether Pulaski County Special School District has complied with its desegregation plan and is ready to be released from federal court oversight.John Walker, attorney for the group representing the interests of the black students in PCSSD, on Monday […]

SPORTS >> Big Dance gives fans most bang for bucks

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorWell, it’s late March, and you know what that means.That’s right, up in Cabot, where I live, it’s time to take down the Christmas decorations.Oh, and it’s also time for the NCAA Tournament.The brackets are out and no one is getting any work done, unless discussing your picks by the water cooler or trying to come […]

SPORTS >> Red Devils test drive roster, staff in tourney

D’Vone McClure has a smile for his first base coach after getting on during Friday’s game against Greenbrier in the consolation round of the Red Devil Classic which was postponed by rain. McClure singled twice, walked, scored and drove in two runs as part of Jacksonville’s 15-hit attack.By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorIt wasn’t as warm as Florida or Arizona, but […]

SPORTS >> Birdsong beats cancer to coach

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editorHOT SPRINGS — Searcy coach Michelle Birdsong didn’t try to put her team’s state finals loss in perspective Saturday.Birdsong would have been within her rights — more so than most people — to say, “It’s just a game. There are more important things to worry about.”But, after Watson Chapel beat Searcy 51-42 in the girls 6A […]

SPORTS >> Searcy falls in state: Lady Wildcats plus fourth quarter too much for Lady Lions in final

Searcy’s Lauren Harrison looks for a shot against Watson Chapel on Saturday.By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterHOT SPRINGS — Speed out-dueled size Saturday as Watson Chapel claimed the 6A state championship over Searcy, 51-42, at Summit Arena.The Lady Wildcats (25-5) lost the rebounding battle to the taller Lady Lions in the first half, but they found more second-chance opportunities with offensive rebounding […]