SPORTS >> Lady Devils overcome foul trouble

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter EL DORADO — Early foul trouble and missed free throws made Jacksonville’s first round 6A state playoff matchup with Sheridan more competitive than it should’ve been after one half. The Lady Red Devils regrouped and came out in the second firing on all cylinders en route to a 58-44 win Thursday at Wildcat Arena in […]

SPORTS >> Bears hit boards against Nettleton

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor PARAGOULD — Sylvan Hills got off on a bit of a slow start, and never could totally get rid of the pesky bunch of Raiders from Nettleton in the first round of the class 5A state tournament. Poor shooting was the Bears’ main problem, but defensive aggression and tenacious rebounding made up for the […]

SPORTS >> Cabot girls shoot well in opener, semis next

By JASON KING Leader sportswriter Deadeye shooting from the outside and pilfering hands on defense helped Cabot advance to the semifinals of the 7A state playoffs as the Lady Panthers routed Springdale Har-Ber 71-49 in the quarterfinals at Panther Arena on Thursday. The Lady Panthers (25-5) forced 28 turnovers against the Lady Wildcats (22-10), and Cabot junior point guard Jaylin […]

SPORTS >> Red Devils fight for 48-34 win

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter EL DORADO — After taking care of Lake Hamilton with ease in the first round of the 6A state tournament, the Jacksonville Red Devils faced a tougher challenge against Marion. Jacksonville struggled to find its offense early, but the Red Devils pulled away in the second half to get the 48-34 victory Friday in El […]

SPORTS >> Lady Bulldogs down Beebe in quarterfinal round of state

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor PARAGOULD — An old adage in basketball is that everything goes a lot better when you’re making your shots. The flip side to the adage is that everything seems worse when you’re not making shots. The latter is what the Beebe ladies endured in their state tournament quarterfinal matchup with Greenwood Friday at Greene […]

EDITORIAL >> Looking back to a special year

When the Leader started its first edition in March 1987, publisher Garrick Feldman and managing editor Eileen Feldman had no idea that their work that year would be shortened by a second. But that’s what happened as timekeeping officials shrank the year to bring it back into line with the Gregorian calendar. The Leader wasn’t the only long-lasting media outlet […]

EDITORIAL >> ‘Clinton’ no masterpiece

Here’s an assignment for local high school history and civics teachers: Show the recent PBS documentary about the Clinton presidency and discuss the program’s strong points and its weaknesses. “Clinton,” the latest series of PBS presidential biographies, was no masterpiece theater but was still worth watching for an occasional insight. The over-hyped documentary lasted four hours over two nights and […]

TOP STORY >> PCSSD negotiations restart cordially

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer Neither side is offering up specifics, but negotiators for the Pulaski County Special School District and its two employee unions will continue contract mediation at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the district headquarters. Negotiators for the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers, the Pulaski Association of Support Staff and the district met for about four […]

TOP STORY >> Newspaper celebrates 25 years

By EILEEN FELDMAN Leader managing editor In the first issue of The Leader on March 4, 1987, publisher Garrick Feldman said, “The North Pulaski Leader intends to be a mirror to the community — to report all that is newsworthy in Jacksonville, Sherwood, the air base and surrounding areas…We want to chronicle the events, both small and large, that are […]

TOP STORY >> A memorial honors those who served in Vietnam

By GARRICK FELDMAN Leader editor (This column appeared on March 4, 1987, in the first issue of The Leader. We’re reprinting the column as we mark our 25th anniversary.) Wanda Shireman of rural Jacksonville remembers when she heard the news that her son, Paul Jr., had died in Vietnam. It was in the summer of 1968, a year after he […]