OBITUARIES >> 4-30-11

FRANKIE RAY Frankie Lee Ray, 69, of Jacksonville went home to be with the Lord on April 27. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elsie Hatchett, and three sisters, Linda, Catherine and Florence. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Alderman Reedie Ray; daughter, CeCelia Ray-Allen; son, Adrian Ray of Jacksonville; three sisters, Minnie […]

EDITORIAL >>What after Mubarak?

Hosni Mubarak was a firm U. S. ally in a region where we have precious few friends in high places, but no one in this country, except perhaps Mike Huckabee and Dick Cheney, can feel anything but relief and even a trace of exhilaration at the news that the dictator’s iron rule has finally ended.  A people’s yearning for freedom […]

TOP STORY > >PCSSD plans for schools bring praise, some gripes

By  john hofheimer  Leader senior staff writer The Pulaski County Special School District Board’s vote to begin design work to build three new schools in Jacksonville and do an extreme makeover on four other district schools Tuesday night may have been unanimous, but that doesn’t mean all communities endorsed the plan. The board appropriated $1.5 million from the district’s construction […]

TOP STORY > >Lantern fest to light up city

By  jeffrey smith  Leader staff writer A showcase of traditional Asian culture and art will be on display during a Lantern Festival being held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Unique Connection Center, 618 West Main St., in the Jacksonville Shopping Center. The lantern festival is celebrated on the final day of the 15-day Chinese New Year […]

TOP STORY > >Sun pushes big blizzard out of area

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer “It can’t get gone fast enough,” was the sentiment expressed by Sherwood Mayor Virginia Hillman regarding the latest round of snow that dumped six inches or more on the area. But sunshine returned Friday and temperatures will continue to rise through the weekend. Sherwood Police Capt. Scott McFarland said officers were kept busy Wednesday […]

TOP STORY > >Sherwood passes Jacksonville

By RiCk kronLeader staff writer Sherwood has overtaken Jacksonville in population, according to the latest U.S. Census figures. This was done through Sher-wood gaining residents, in particular more than 3,000 people when it annexed Gravel Ridge two years ago, and with Jacksonville losing residents. Meanwhile, Cabot jumped 55 percent, Ward moved up 60 percent and Austin more than tripled its […]


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SPORTS>>Catholic gets shots in stretch, tips Cabot

By TODD TRAUB Leader sports editor While the temperature plummeted outside Little Rock Catholic’s gym, so did the shooting percentages inside. But it was Catholic that scored just enough to stay a step ahead of Cabot and take a 48-41 7A-Central Conference victory Tuesday night. “I thought our shot selection was bad,” Cabot coach Jerry Bridges said. “We’re better when […]

SPORTS>>Snow day a timeout to savor

By todd traubLeader sports editor Leave it to the wacky Arkansas weather to make a liar out of the Harlem Globetrotters. Maybe in this case we can just call it false advertising. The legendary basketball team was forced to curtail its globetrotting ways, at least temporarily, when the Globetrotters’ bus was stuck at a rest stop during Wednesday’s heavy snows. […]

SPORTS>>Travelers welcome skipper Mosiello

By TODD TRAUB Leader sports editor For the first time since Dickey-Stephens Park opened in North Little Rock, the Arkansas Travelers will have a new guy calling the shots from the top steps of the dugout. On Tuesday the Travelers, Class AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, introduced Bill Mosiello as their first new field manager since Dickey-Stephens debuted […]