SPORTS>>North Pulaski ends season with grit and frustration

By Jason kingLeader sporswriter North Pulaski coach Terrod Hatcher will accept no moral victories. That was evident moments after the Falcons’ closer than expected, 20-6 defeat by Monticello in the season finale at Falcons Field on Thursday. Hatcher, in his first season as head coach and the youngest coach in the state at 23, was in no mood to compliment […]

SPORTS>>Hardwood must wait for Devils

By todd traubLeader sports editor Jacksonville boys basketball coach Vic Joyner is a team player, so he is hoping he is without the biggest part of his team a while longer. Thanks to the Red Devils reaching the football playoffs, Joyner will have to do without seven players as he prepares to start the season. “My basketball team right now […]

SPORTS>>Clinton gets by Lonoke

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editor Just about everything was decided except the outcome of Friday’s game, and Lonoke did its best to keep that in doubt. Clinton, already assured a share of a 2-4A Conference championship, beat Lonoke 35-20 at James B. Abraham Field to win the title outright. Lonoke was already all but eliminated from the postseason, but the […]

SPORTS>>Batesville stops Beebe to claim first in 5A-East

By Jason kingLeader sports writer BATESVILLE – Beebe’s bid to become conference champion for the first time in 13 years and make a perfect run through the 5A-East Conference fell six minutes short as Batesville scored a late touchdown to win 17-13 on Friday at Pioneer Stadium. The Badgers (6-4, 6-1) dominated the third quarter and appeared to have a […]

SPORTS>>Marion beats Jacksonville for No. 2 seed

By todd traubLeader sports editor The good news is Jacksonville is in the playoffs. The bad news is the Red Devils aren’t certain when they will play. Marion beat Jacksonville 28-18 at Marion on Friday to take the No. 2 seed from the 7A/6A-East Conference. The loss cost the Red Devils a first-round bye, but they are still assured of […]

SPORTS>>Cabot’s gain includes pain

By todd traubLeader sports editor The Cabot Panthers won their regular season finale Thursday night, but they also took some significant losses. Cabot rolled to a big first-half lead and beat Russellville 27-6 at Panther Stadium. But four key players went down with injuries, including starting quarterback Zach Craig who was injured on a first-half carry. A subdued coach Mike […]

EDITORIAL >>Rehearing for WM3

At long last, the Arkansas Supreme Court took one small step Thursday toward unraveling the mysteries of the most spectacular Arkansas murder case of our time. The new proceeding ordered by the court will not answer many—perhaps not even one—of the hundreds of questions about the murders of three 8-year-old boys at West Memphis 17 years ago, but it will […]

TOP STORY > >Jacksonville gives OK to sell hospital

By rick kronLeader staff writer Without much fanfare the Jacksonville City Council approved the sale of its city hospital Thursday night for  about $8.3 million. North Metro Medical Center was sold to Allegiance Health Management of Louisiana, which has managed the hospital since January 2009. It  will still take about 30 days to close the deal and have all the […]

TOP STORY > >More legislators are Republicans

By joan mccoyLeader staff writer Cabot Mayor Eddie Joe Williams took his first steps as a new legislator by attending a retreat at Petit Jean for new lawmakers on Friday. Williams became the new Republican state senator for Dist. 28 when he defeated Democrat Lenville Evans, 14,014 to 7,565, on Tuesday. The sessions are designed, to bring the new people […]

TOP STORY > >Jacksonville plots next step

By rick kronLeader staff writer Jacksonville’s next move since the defeat of its annexation attempt is to wait. The city’s bid to capture about four square miles to the north of the city and a small section to the south failed Tuesday. Unofficial vote totals showed 2,962 votes against the annexation and 2,495 for it. Residents of both the city […]