OBITUARIES >>1-29-11

willie harshawWillie Ann Harshaw, 92, of Ward was born July 4, 1918, at Hickory Plains to Edmond and Cora Easterlee Tillcree Ford. She died Jan. 24.  She is survived by her son, A. L. Harshaw, and her daughter, Mae Dickson, both of Beebe; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by […]

EDITORIAL >> Golf courses need rescue

Is there a millionaire in Jacksonville and Cabot who could take over the ailing golf courses there and run them at a loss until the economy turns around?The Foxwood Country Club has been a financial drain on owner Ted Belden for decades and has closed the links until a buyer comes forward. You’ve also heard by now the owners of […]

TOP STORY >> Saying farewell to worn out flags

By JEFFREY SMITHLeader staff writer More than 200 U.S. flags were burned Saturday as Boy Scout Troop 23 of Cabot and American Legion Post 71 teamed up for a flag-retirement ceremony at the Cabot Community Fishing Pond at Kerr Station and Campground Roads. Gary DeClerk of Jacksonville, a high school senior at Mills University Studies, organized the flag-retirement ceremony towards […]

TOP STORY >> Sherwood stabilizing financially

By RICK KRONLeader staff writer Sherwood saw a new golf course, a new police chief, a new public-works director and a new retirement fund last year and building-permit values double, according to Mayor Virginia Hillman in her state of the city address to the council Monday night. Even with all those changes or additions, she called 2010 a financially stabilizing […]


JACKSONVILLE SCHEDULES YOUTH SOFTBALL SIGNUP The Jacksonville Parks and Recreation Department will begin registration for youth softball from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday at the Jacksonville Community Center. Additional signup dates are Feb. 12 and Feb. 29. For information call the community center at (501) 982-4171. Point of contact is Josh Mayes. UALR  REGISTERING YOUTH  FOR 3-ON-3 INDOOR SOCCER UALR will […]

SPORTS >> Lady Panthers rolling

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editor Cabot coach Carla Crowder still thinks about Bryant once in awhile, but nowadays it’s only when the Lady Hornets pop up on the Lady Panthers’ schedule. Crowder and Cabot beat Crowder’s former team 48-34 in a 7A-Central Conference game at Cabot on Friday night. For Crowder, in her eighth season at Cabot since leaving Bryant, […]

SPORTS >> Beebe girls searching for offense

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriter An improved second half performance was not enough for the Beebe Lady Badgers as Greene Co. Tech took a 55-43 victory at Badger Sports Arena on Saturday. The 5A-East Conference games were originally slated for Friday, but with Greene County Tech schools being closed on Friday because of icy roads, the games were pushed back 24 […]

SPORTS >> Red Devils fall to Pats in nailbiter

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editor It’s too bad for Jacksonville there is no four-point shot. Senior guard Raheem Apple-by, the Red Devils’ scoring leader, made a buzzer beating three-pointer at Marion on Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots held on for a 67-66, 6A-East victory. Appleby scored 35 points, the last three coming on his 50-footer as […]

SPORTS >> Cabot bubbling over huge victory

By TODD TRAUBLeader sports editor After treading water or struggling below the surface, the Cabot Panthers are suddenly making waves. The Panthers beat the Bryant Hornets 58-49 in a 7A-Central Conference game at Cabot on Friday, surviving a poor-shooting night at the free-throw line to break above .500. “I told them I could take off the SCUBA gear,” Cabot coach […]

SPORTS >> Badgers save the best shot for last

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriter Points off turnovers and a heroic last-second shot by Beebe senior guard Devonte Young lifted the Badgers to a 49-47 victory over the Greene Co. Tech Golden Eagles at Badger Sports Arena on Saturday. Payton Snodgrass completed the Eagles’ comeback with 22 seconds left when he hit a three-point basket that tied the game at 47, […]