EDITORIAL >> Questions for Romney

Mitt Romney was supposed to lead President Obama by 10-12 points at this stage of the campaign. Instead, Romney is barely keeping up with Obama and, according to most polls, trails badly in the Electoral College, which is what counts. Instead of attacking the Obama administration’s economic failures, Romney must answer questions about his tax returns. Many Republicans admit he’s […]

TOP STORY >> Murder suspect declared unfit

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer The man charged with the first-degree murder of a Jacksonville firefighter and attempting to murder two other first responders was found mentally unfit to stand trial at his hearing on Monday. But he could be tried later if he’s eventually declared sane. Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley said the family is “frustrated, understandably so. […]

TOP STORY >> Doors open for another school year

By JOAN McCOY and SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writers The number of students who attended Cabot schools on Monday is down 68 from the first official count in 2011 and down six from the first official count in 2010. In the past few years, the district’s size has increased as the Pulaski County Special School District lost students. But the […]

SPORTS STORY >> Bears play better once clock starts

By JASON KING  Leader sportswriter Sophomore power and senior muscle lifted Sylvan Hills to a 14-6 scrimmage victory over Pulaski Robinson at Bill Blackwood Field on Monday. The Bears and Senators played two timed quarters following a series of untimed drives by the first and second units for each team. Joe T. took the advantage during that the untimed drives […]

SPORTS STORY >> Defenses swarm in Red-White

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor Defense dominated most of the Jacksonville Red-White football game on Saturday at Jan Crow Stadium. The Red team got a 12-6 win, but the Red Devils lost a key starter for the season on the third play of the game when Robert Harris went down with a severe ankle injury. Harris caught a pass […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot dominates scrimmage

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor Cabot drastically changed the tone of last year’s preseason scrimmage game against Lake Hamilton by dominating the practice matchup Monday in Pearcy. The format didn’t allow for a proper score to be kept. The two teams alternated 15-play drives that started on the 30-yard line, and they ran 15 plays no matter what happened. […]

SPORTS STORY >> Falcons’ practice game a positive

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The North Pulaski turned in a good performance for onlookers at Falcon Stadium on Friday night in Jacksonville. The Falcons played their annual Maroon-White game with offense and defense both turning in some highlights. North Pulaski coach Teodis Ingram mixed the starters between the maroon and white teams, and felt pretty good about his […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke offense stings Hornets

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Junior Quarterback Grant Dewey and the Lonoke Jack-rabbits put together an aerial assault against Maumelle, beating the Hornets 49-21 on Monday. The scrimmage at Maumelle High School was Lonoke’s final tune-up before opening the regular season next Friday. Maumelle had no answer for the Jackrabbit spread attack as Lonoke reached the end zone on its […]