TOP STORY >> Woman awarded $2.5M in verdict

By STEPHEN STEED Special to The Leader A federal court jury on Tuesday awarded $2.5 million in damages to a California woman who sought treatment for breast cancer from the “medical director” of a former Jacksonville firm who promised to “kill” the disease through the use of lasers. The jury deliberated for two hours before finding that Marie Antonella Carpenter […]

TOP STORY >> Lottery winner in $2M drug bust

By JOAN McCOY Leader staff writer Simultaneous raids in Lonoke County’s Austin and White County’s Kensett early Friday morning netted 17 arrests, $100,000 in cash, seven pounds of Mexican ice (a smokable crystal meth), several weapons, as well as a small fleet of vehicles. The raids were dubbed Operation Big Winner because Daniel “Dano” Henry, 39, of Austin, the alleged […]

TOP STORY >> Breaking up PCSSD seen as a solution

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer There’s not a better time for Jacksonville to get its own district than now—those were the thoughts Monday of State Rep. Allen Kerr. Kerr, who as a youth attended Jacksonville schools, is a member of the Legislative Audit Committee, which recommended last week that the Pulaski County Special School District Board be dissolved and […]

EDITORIAL >> Future dim for PCSSD

At any moment — today would not be too soon — the state Education Department could pull the plug on the Pulaski County Special School District, which is just surviving on life support. The failed school district has few friends, especially in the state legislature, where the Legislative Audit Committee has recommended disbanding the district and letting the state Education […]

SPORTS >> Centennial ends hot start for Gwatney

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Cabot’s Centennial Bank senior American Legion team put an abrupt and decisive end to Jacksonville’s undefeated start to the season. Cabot hammered the Gwatney team for nine runs, and pitcher Cole Nicholson made his season debut on the mound, turning in a dominating performance and picking up the shutout Monday night at Brian Conrade […]

SPORTS >> Colts run by Bruins in big first

By CHAD MATCHETT Special to The Leader The Sylvan Hills Bruins put themselves behind the 8-ball in the first inning Monday night in a 14-5 loss to the North Little Rock Colts. The Bruins scored in the top of the first, but gave up eight runs in the bottom half thanks to an error, three walks, two hit batters and […]

SPORTS >> Brown’s road finally leads home

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor A homecoming of sorts, Jeremy Brown took a long and winding road through college baseball, professional baseball and college basketball, and has ended up back at home as the new head baseball coach at North Pulaski High School. Brown, a Sylvan Hills graduate, where he was a highly touted basketball prospect, as well as […]

SPORTS >> Ingram, North Pulaski perfect match

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor North Pulaski High School has added a lot of new coaches this year, but not all are new to coaching. That’s certainly the case with new head football coach Teodis Ingram, who was recommended for the job last week by an NPHS search committee, and officially hired Tuesday night. Ingram brings 24 years of […]

SPORTS >> Death leaves coach’s box, hearts empty

By CHAD MATCHETT Special to The Leader The Sherwood baseball family lost a longtime and beloved member recently when John Ray passed away from complications following heart surgery. Ray coached baseball in some form or another for over 30 years. He helped coach Bob Hickingbotham when his children played for the Gwatney American Legion team, then was the assistant to […]