EDITORIAL >> Bad start for Martin

When two of your top aides resign, each accompanied by a whiff of scandal, it has not been a good week for a public official. That happened last week to Secretary of State Mark Martin, who already had more than his share of trouble since taking office three months ago.  First, Princella Smith, his director of education (we didn’t know […]

TOP STORY >> Power lines fall, repairs continue

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer “Every one of them fell like dominoes,” Dick Bransford said Tuesday of the high-voltage transmission towers down in eight of his fields after Thursday’s storms. More storms swept across the area Tuesday night, knocking down trees and disrupting power to many homes. The lines are down for about 11 miles from the Bill […]

TOP STORY >> Cabot Farmers Market prepares to open

By JOAN McCOY Leader staff writer The Cabot Farmers Market is about to start its fourth year, and organizers say it is shaping up to be the best one so far. The market is affiliated with Cabot City Beautiful, Inc. A meeting for prospective vendors is set for 6 p.m. Sunday at the city community center. “We had a fairly […]

TOP STORY >> Sad to see old bridge torn down

By GARRICK FELDMAN Leader executive editor Scott Fryer took his family Saturday to inspect Fryer’s Ford Bridge, which had served the rural community near Solgohachia in Conway County since 1890. Fryer, who lives in rural Jacksonville behind the air base, saw the twisted, rusted metal barely hanging on to the sides of the bridge and the base made of wood […]

TOP STORY >> Boozman: Keep cutting more

By JOAN McCOY Leader staff writer Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) had lunch in Cabot on Tuesday with chamber of commerce members from Cabot and Jacksonville, telling them that being there together showed their commitment to the ideal of regionalism. “What’s good for one community is good for another. It just makes sense to work together,” said Boozman. Then with an […]