EDITORIAL >> Our military biggest target

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) visited Little Rock Air Force Base yesterday, concerned about automatic budget cuts that will go into effect if Congress doesn’t find a sensible way to reduce spending this month. A strange mechanism called sequestration will kick in March 1, resulting in about 10 percent cuts in federal spending. You might say that’s a great idea, but […]

TOP STORY >> Cancer victim warns Cabot students

 Cancer survivor Rick Bender had fouroperations after using smokeless tobacco. By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer Cancer survivor Rick Bender, 50, of Kentucky is the face of how smokeless tobacco can take on toll on one’s health. Bender was at Cabot Middle School North and South last Thursday to give a presentation on the harm chewing tobacco does first hand. […]

TOP STORY >> Discipline an issue in PCSSD

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Black students made up 44.2 percent of the Pulaski County Special School District’s 2011-12 enrollment. But 63 percent of the students who were suspended last school year were black, only 2 percent less than in 2010-11. These figures don’t bode well for the fiscally distressed PCSSD as it crawls toward a resolution of the […]

TOP STORY >> Boozman: Base a star

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer Congress isn’t likely to agree on alternative cost-cutting measures in time to head off sequestration — automatic budget cutting — on March 1, Sen. John Boozman (R-Republican) said Tuesday afternoon. But he said Little Rock Air Force Base is too strong and its mission too important to be severely hurt by those cuts. […]

SPORTS STORY >> North girls drop title to Conway

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter After a quarter of play, it looked as if the Cabot North Lady Panthers were on their way to the school’s first postseason tournament championship since 2006, but Conway Blue outplayed the host team from the second quarter on to win 48-38 and capture the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference championship Saturday at Panther Arena. […]

SPORTS STORY >> Jackson to play at women’s final four

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Jacksonville basketball sensation Jessica Jackson has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-American Team, and will play in the WBCA high-school All-American game in New Orleans on April 6 during the women’s NCAA final four, which will be played April 5 through April 9. Jackson, who called a press conference in November […]

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville defeats PA

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville Lady Red Devils had already locked up at least a share of the conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the state tournament from the 5A Central Conference, but that didn’t stop senior guard Jessica Jackson saving one of her best performances of the season for senior night on Friday. Jackson […]

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils seal up No. 1 seed by beating PA

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Jacksonville Red Devils sealed up the No. 1 seed from the 5A Central with a 51-35 win over Pulaski Academy on Friday. The win doesn’t yet secure an outright league championship. Even if the Red Devils lose a major upset to Sylvan Hills in their season finale, and second-place McClellan wins, leaving both […]

SPORTS STORY >> Badgers after top seed for playoffs

By JASON KING Leader sportswriter The combined scoring attack of Austin Burroughs and Zach Baker proved too much for visiting Nettleton as Beebe eased its way to a 56-44 victory over the Raiders at Badger Sports Arena on Friday to stay atop the 5A East Conference standings. The Badgers (19-6, 10-2) pushed their advantage to 46-22 by the end of […]

SPORT STORY >> Lonoke loses its lead in fourth quarter

By JASON KING Leader sportswriter NEWPORT – Adversity finally caught up with Lonoke as the Jackrabbits lost their grip on the lead late against Dollarway in a 45-38 loss to the Cardinals in the 4A-2 District Finals at Greyhound Fieldhouse on Saturday. The rubber match between the two teams was the result of their dominant runs in the 4A-2 Conference […]