SPORTS >> Falcons’ boys, girls make an early exit

North Pulaski’s Michelle Treat battles a Jacksonville player for possession.By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterNorth Pulaski teams made an early exit from the 5A state tournament in Harrison over the weekend.Both teams struggled with foul weather and tough draws, as the host Harrison Goblins beat the North Pulaski boys 6-0 and the North Pulaski girls lost to Greenbrier by the same score.Harrison, […]

EVENTS >>09-15 -10

CABOT CLEANUP IS SEPT. 25, VOLUNTEERS SOUGHTCabot Fall Cleanup has been set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 25. Volunteers are needed to help collect litter from the city’s streets.The event is sponsored by Cabot City Beautiful, and held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup.All members of the Cabot community are encouraged to participate: civic and service organizations, […]

SPORTS EVENTS >> 1-22-11

COACHES CALL US The Leader would like to hear from all coaches in all sports in our coverage area. Please e-mail results, statistics or information to or fax to 501-985-0026 or call 982-9421. JACKSONVILLE SCEDULES YOUTH SOFTBALL SIGNUP The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will begin registration for youth softball from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Jacksonville […]

OBITUARIES >> 7-3-10

NATHAN JORDAN JR.Nathan Leroy Jordan Jr., 68, of Jacksonville passed away July 1. He was born Oct. 31, 1941, in Cabot to Nathan Leroy Jordan Sr. and Ina Ruth Swaim Jordan. He worked for Vertac Chemical Company from 1959 until 1986. He was also a mechanical technician for Delux Video retiring in 2004. He loved camping, antiquing and fishing. Jordan […]

TOP STORY >> Petraeus salutes camp liberators

Beryl Wolfson in his World War II uniform with his wife Esther during a ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial Museum honoring soldiers who liberated concentration camps in Europe.By GARRICK FELDMANLeader executive editorIt was 65 years ago Monday that Beryl Wolfson helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany.“We went into the camp on May 3, 1945,” he told me […]

TOP STORY >> Only PCSSD has schools on bottom of rankings

By RICK KRONLeader staff writerThe 2009 annual performance report card ranks schools in 13 categories under No Child Left Behind’s adequate yearly progress guidelines, from achieving standards (at the top) down to state directed (at the bottom).Pulaski County Special School District has 12 schools in the top category and nine at the bottom.The Cabot district has eight in the top […]

TOP STORY >> Kennedy: Young man running for Congress

Patrick Kennedy is one of five Democrats running for Congress in the Second District to succeed retiring Rep. Vic Snyder.The other Democrats running are Sen. Joyce Elliott, Rep. Robbie Wills, John Adams and David Boling.The winner of the Democratic primary May 18 will face either Republican Tim Griffin or Scott Wallace in November.When Kennedy, 27, announced for Congress, he stepped […]

TOP STORY >> Food fight delays deal on contract for Hopson

By NANCY DOCKTERLeader staff writerAt a special meeting last night, the school board for Pulaski County Special School District was expected to vote on the contract for incoming superintendent Charles Hopson, but time ran short, so another meeting must be called to address that issue.The board instead voted for the second time in two weeks to compel acting Superintendent Rob […]

TOP STORY >> Twister terrorizes communities

A tree fell on a home on LeMay Road near Hwy. 321 in Lonoke County, where more than 100 homes were destroyed. A tornado caused extensive damage to a home on Hwy. 38 in Lonoke County.By JEFFREY SMITHLeader staff writerMany Lonoke County residents spent the weekend cutting trees and patching roofs after Friday’s tornado slashed a path through the area.John […]

EDITORIAL >> Drop this idea

Here’s the germ of a terrible idea: Put the chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville over all the other campuses of the university system. That apparently is what at least a few members of the university’s board of trustees are talking about doing, at least for a year or so.B. Alan Sugg, the president of the university system, […]