SPORTS STORY >> Cabot girls do well in exhibition game

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Lady Panther basketball team controlled most of the action Thursday in its Arkansas Activities Association benefit game against Lake Hamilton. In a format in which the scoreboard was reset after each quarter, the Cabot ladies won three of the four quarters and compiled a point advantage totaling 52-32. The Lady Wolves outscored Cabot […]

SPORTS STORY >> First-quarter blitz by Dogs buries Devils

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Morrilton’s 28 unanswered points in the opening quarter of Friday’s class 5A playoff opener put Jacksonville in too big of a hole to climb out of as the Red Devils fell 42-14 to the Devil Dogs at Morrilton High School. After opening 5A Central Conference play with five straight wins, Jacksonville (6-5) lost its final […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers control last two quarters

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot boys basketball team took the floor against live competition for the first time Thursday, taking on Lake Hamilton in the Arkansas Activities Association benefit game at Panther Arena. The format was to reset the scoreboard after each quarter, but Cabot got the best of the game as a whole. “There were a […]

SPORTS STORY >> Bison get another date with Warriors

By JASON KING Leader sportswriter A fast start for Carlisle allowed the Bison to claim a 39-14 victory over Mount Ida in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs at Fred C. Hardke Field on Friday. The Bison (9-1) controlled all aspects of the game in the first half and built a 33-0 lead at the break before […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot defense stops Bryant

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Cabot stopped Cabot a few times in the first half, but Bryant never did. The Panthers were able to build a 21-7 lead after two quarters then hold off a Hornet rally late in the game to win 28-21 and advance to the second round of the class 7A state playoffs. Cabot gave up […]

TOP STORY >> Approval for annexation

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer All five areas that Sher-wood wanted to annex were voted into the city Tuesday. The areas, mostly small subdivisions and an elementary school on the northern edge of the city won’t officially become part of Sherwood until probably the first of the year, according to Mayor Virginia Hillman. “We have 15 days to get […]

TOP STORY >> Area schools earn kudos

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Arnold Drive Elementary, along with Cabot’s Stagecoach Elementary, Cabot Middle School South, and a number of Searcy schools received kudos for their Benchmark test scores in a just released University of Arkansas report. After four months of reviewing the April 2012 math and literacy Benchmark scores, the university’s Office of Educational Policy named Arnold […]

TOP STORY >> Dinner donations sought

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer The third annual Cabot Community Thanksgiving Feast is being held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22 at Cabot United Methodist Church, 2003 South Pine St. Heather and Dane Moore and members of Grace Family Church are organizing the free dinner for anyone, regardless of income, who would not be able to […]

EDITORIAL >> Community: what it means

We were shocked and slightly stunned when a woman who lost her dog called to say the Jacksonville Community Center would not allow her to post a nicely printed lost poster on their bulletin board to help her find her dog. Her grief at losing a dog she was greatly attached to was temporarily supplanted by anger at community center […]