EDITORIAL >>Dishonest Advertising

If you wondered about the destructive effects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed corporations and rich individuals and groups to secretly dump unlimited cash into “independent” political campaigns, some of the best evidence is surfacing here in central Arkansas. Last week, a shadow group called American Action Network ran the first huge newspaper ad attacking President […]

TOP STORY > >Cabot rallies for transplant patient

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer An estimated 350 people gathered on a steamy Wednesday night at the Cabot High School flag pole to sing songs of worship and pray for the healthy recovery of a teenage liver-transplant recipient. Cabot High School senior Kelly Cooper, 17, is at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where she had a liver transplant Thursday morning. […]

TOP STORY > >Allegiance asks lease to expand

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer With the sale of North Metro to Allegiance Management still pending, the management group had to seek a temporary lease from the Jacksonville City Council on Thursday to bring over its long-term care facility from Little Rock. Mike Wilson, chairman of the hospital board, told the council that the sale is still on track—Allegiance […]

TOP STORY > >Temps: Hot, hotter, hottest

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Stay indoors is what everyone from weather forecasters, health professionals and city leaders are saying as local hospitals saw 21 victims of heat-related illnesses in the past week and Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher doesn’t want anybody to become victim 22. July turned out to be the fifth-hottest and third-driest July on record and the […]

TOP STORY > >Base transitions to more training and new C-130Js

By JOHN HOFHEIMER and SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writers “I foresee a strong future for the 314th Airlift Wing,” Gen. Edward A. Rice, Jr., commander of the Air Force Air Education and Training Command, said recently, despite transitions in training and in modernizing the C-130 fleet at Little Rock Air Force Base and throughout the Air Force. Speaking to reporters […]

SPORTS>>Red Devils awarded rings

By CHAD MACHETT Special to The Leader There have been plenty of celebrations following the Jacksonville Red Devils winning the Class 6A baseball state championship, but the best one yet happened Monday at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. The Red Devil players and coaches were treated to a luncheon sponsored by First Arkansas Bank and Trust, followed by what the […]

SPORTS>>SH Bears battling familiar problem

By JASON KING Leader sports writer Another year of August football practice yields a new list of challenges for Sylvan Hills coach Jim Withrow. Withrow, now in his fifth season at the Bears’ helm, is adjusted to handling depth issues due to countless injuries to key personnel over the past half decade, and has made the most of squads thick […]

SPORTS>>Carlisle shows drastic improvement Friday

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Carlisle Bison football team went full pads for the first time on Friday. Playing it by ear on Thursday, head coach Scott Waymire decided to just go shorts and shoulder pads on the first day teams were allowed to wear pads. That practice did not go as well as Waymire would have liked, […]

SPORTS>>NP ladies solid up front, need defensive work

By JASON KING Leader sports writer The core of North Pulaski’s preseason can be summed up in two words – ball control. It was a common theme for coach Ben Belton as the Lady Falcons kicked off their third week of summer volleyball practice on Thursday. They lost three days of practice this past week because of scheduled work to […]

SPORTS>>Beebe pops hard in first full-pad drill

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Beebe Badgers had a lively first day of practice in pads Thursday, spending a lot of time in “Blood Alley” before taking the practice field for their first live scrimmage. Blood Alley is a traditional drill that usually pits two linemen on each side of the ball, with a running back to carry […]