TOP STORY >> Award honors Myers’ legacy

By JONATHAN FELDMAN Leader editor The family of the late Oliver W. (Dub) Myers has established a leadership award for students of Jacksonville, North Pulaski and Lighthouse high schools who are also members of the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club. Myers, who died in 2012 at the age of 82, was a brigadier general in the Arkansas National Guard who […]

TOP STORY >> JP quits quorum court

By JOAN McCOY Leader staff writer Lonoke County District 7 JP Adam Sims turned in his resignation during the Thursday night quorum court meeting, saying that he was unable to effectively represent the people of the Furlow area who elected him. Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin said after the meeting that the quorum court will declare a vacancy during the […]

TOP STORY >> ‘Our time is now,’ mayor tells council

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer “Our time is now,” Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher said during his state of the city report, which was read at Thursday night’s city council meeting. “There is a new day dawning for Jacksonville as we start 2014, but as we face the future, we also need to reflect on the past as the ground […]

EDITORIAL >> New district, new opening

On Sept. 16, almost exactly nine months from today — your typical gestation period, by the way — Jacksonville-area residents can deliver a newborn school district. That’s if the proposed Jacksonville/north Pulaski County school district makes it to the annual school election ballot, and if voters living within the boundaries of that district approve the plan. On Monday, U.S. District […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers outpace Lady Pats

By ANN THARP Special to The Leader The Cabot Lady Panthers (10-6, 1-1) picked up their first win in the 7A/6A East on Tuesday night at home, defeating the Marion Lady Patriots (8-4, 1-1) 56-43. The Lady Panthers outscored Marion 11-5 in the second quarter to lead 24-19 at the half and finished strong, outscoring the Lady Patriots 18-11 in […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke pulls away from Marianna

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter After a close first half of play in Tuesday’s 4A-2 Conference matchup at the Gina Cox Center, Lonoke separated itself in the second half by getting to the line and making all but one of its 14 free-throw attempts, which helped the Jackrabbits to a double-digit, 63-50 win over Marianna. Both teams came out hot […]

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils surge late, beat Falcons

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville Red Devils are developing a habit of being in tight games through three quarters and winning handily. That’s what happened on Tuesday when the Red Devils turned a five-point game into a 16-point win, beating crosstown rival North Pulaski 66-50 at the Devil’s Den. Jacksonville, 13-3, 3-0, was also in a scrap […]