EDITORIAL >> Look out for kids

During the summer, the state commended one area school — Arnold Drive Elementary — for its outstanding performance and chastised four others — Murrell Taylor and Harris elementary schools, Jacksonville High School and Cabot’s Academic Center for Excellence — for poor performances. But Monday is a new day and a new year. Arnold Drive has a new principal and Henry […]

TOP STORY >> Base gearing up for open house

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer This is the first year Little Rock Air Force Base will be allowed to thank businesses in a big way for their support of the air show, which will be held on Sept. 8 and 9. Lt. Col. Mike Kirby, air show director, said that in previous years the base couldn’t put the names […]

TOPSTORY >> Veteran recalls bombing raids

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Army Air Forces First Lt. Therl Harber flew 30 bombing mission over France and Germany during World War II and doesn’t hesitate to talk about his favorite mission. “It was my 30th,” he said Tuesday. “I landed back in England, got out of the plane, kissed the ground and knew I was going home.” […]

TOP STORY >> Farmers salvage crops

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior staff writer Lonoke County farmers should be able to get their crops to market if they survive this year’s drought. Billy Lindermen would prefer to be watering soybeans and rice from his reservoir just north of Lonoke and I-40. But instead he’s pumping water as fast as he can from the alluvial aquifer, about 150 […]

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe has shot at 5A East golf title

By JASON KING Leader sportswriter This year’s Beebe golf program features a pair of talented underclassmen on the boys’ side as part of a seven-player roster while the girl’s side is considerably leaner with returner Taylor Harrell as the only female Badger golfer for 2012. That puts the focus on competing for a 5A East Conference championship and Class 5A […]

SPORTS STORY >> Falcons practicing shorthanded

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The North Pulaski football team continues to make progress in most areas of the game, but the team suffered a number of setbacks in personnel over the last couple of weeks. The offense is awaiting MRI results to determine the status of projected starting quarterback Austin Allen. Allen emerged as the starter as summer […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panther transfer good fit for team

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot Panthers wrapped up their final week of practice before finally getting on the field with another team. Cabot travels to Pearcy to take on Lake Hamilton in an Arkansas Activities Association benefit game on Monday. The Panthers have a newcomer to the team this year in senior running back Kyle Edgar. Edgar […]