SPORTS STORY >> Tigers better, but Panthers can be proud

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Based on how competitive the first half was between Cabot and Bentonville in Friday night’s class 7A state football championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, a thrilling second half would have been expected. Instead, the last two quarters were very one-sided, as the Tigers took complete control of the second half to […]

SPORTSSTORY >> Lonoke dominant in second half at CSJ

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor It took a week longer than it was supposed to, but the Lonoke Jackrabbits brought home the first-place trophy in the Conway St. Joseph tournament on Saturday, beating the host team 43-28 after struggling in the first half. After taking a slim 19-17 lead into intermission, the Jackrabbits were utterly dominant on defense in […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot boys outplay Rams

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter The Panthers played perhaps their best overall game of the season in the semifinals of the third annual Cabot Pre-Holiday Tournament on Saturday, beating previously undefeated Paragould 51-41 at Panther Arena. As was to be expected between the two evenly-matched teams, there was very little separation on the scoreboard after the first half of play. […]

SPORTS STORY >> A second quarter surge lifts JHS ladies

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter After a close first quarter, Jacksonville separated itself from Watson Chapel in the second, and the Lady Red Devils built on their lead from there, winning 71-43 Saturday in the Cabot Pre-Holiday Tournament at Panther Arena. It was the only game Jacksonville (2-4) played in the third annual tournament, as the Lady Red Devils took […]

SPORTS STORY >> Falcons topple Fayetteville

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The North Pulaski Falcons got one of their biggest wins under third-year coach Roy Jackson on Saturday, beating defending class 7A runner-up Fayetteville 61-59 in overtime in the third-place game of the John Stanton Memorial Classic at Conway High School. The Falcons showed patience and poise to pull off the win after trailing by […]

EDITORIAL >> Budget deal helps LRAFB

The budget compromise that passed the House of Representatives last week and is now in the Senate could mean more funding for Little Rock Air Force, where an avionics modernization program for older C-130s could resume sometime next year. The costly modernization program was put on hiatus earlier this year and appeared doomed after Congress approved automatic across-the-board budget cuts […]

TOP STORY >> Accused in killing appears in court

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Marcus Israel, 23, withdrew $20 Friday night at First Arkansas Bank’s ATM on West Main Street, according to Jacksonville police. The commonplace act was his last. The Jacksonville man may have selected the “fast cash” shortcut many automatic-teller machines prompt customers to use. Fast cash is what 19-year-old Lerome Deshawn Kelley was looking for […]

TOP STORY >> Interest limited for new signups

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior staff writer If you want new health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to take effect Jan. 1, you must enroll by Dec. 23, according to two in-person assisters whose job it is to help people through the process. The two, Joyce Hardy and Stephen Marshall, are sponsored by the Central Arkansas Library System. They […]

TOP STORY >> Sherwood opposes PCSSD deal

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Twenty-five words — just two lines, only one sentence — caused the Sherwood City Council to take a stand Monday night against the state-proposed desegregation settlement. “The desegregation case is 35 years old and it needs to end,” said City Attorney Steve Cobb, “but, in the process, we want to be treated like everyone […]