EDITORIAL >> Legislature to vote again

The House of Representatives on Tuesday narrowly missed getting a three-fourths supermajority to fund private-option insurance, but House Speaker Davy Carter (R-Cabot) said he will try again today. He predicts passage sooner or later in the House. Rejecting the option would mean the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid funds and the loss of thousands of health-related […]

TOP STORY >> Geriatrician: Live life to the fullest

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Live life to the fullest and nurture loving relationships to stay healthy, Little Rock geriatrician Dr. David Lipschitz told seniors Thursday during the North Pulaski Retired Teachers Association meeting. He was the guest speaker for the event held in the meeting room at First Electric Cooperative, 1000 S. JP Wright Loop Road in Jacksonville. […]

TOP STORY >> Agriculture gets lifeline

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer The good thing about the 2014 farm bill is that it’s finally passed and some of the uncertainty is resolved for Arkansas farmers who grow rice and other crops, according to Chuck Wilson, USARice Federation director of Arkansas field services at Stuttgart. Wilson, state Agriculture Secretary Butch Calhoun and area farmers have all […]

TOP STORY >> English saves option

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer Sen. Jane English (R-North Little Rock) moved private-option health care for the working poor a step closer to reality by saying she’s now for it, while another local lawmaker, Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin), was among a handful in the House slamming the door — for now. Funding for private-option health care failed by […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Badgers earn huge win over Tech

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Sophomore post player Gracie Anders flirted with a triple-double and the Beebe Lady Badgers avenged one of its two conference losses in the 5A-East with a 52-33 win over Greene County Tech on Friday at Badger Arena. The win moves Beebe into a tie with GCT for second place, but the margin of victory gives […]

SPORTS STORY >> Jackrabbits lock up two seed in finale

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Senior Night was a great one at the Gina Cox Center on Friday. That’s where the Lonoke boys’ and girls’ basketball teams won their regular-season finales against Heber Springs. And the games weren’t that close. The Jackrabbit boys won 68-52 while the Lady Rabbits won 62-43. A lot was on the line in the […]

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils take two from Lions

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Jacksonville Red Devils started and finished an exciting win over Little Rock McClellan with thunderous dunks on Friday, and they were by two of the biggest factors in the game. Senior post player Kanaan Jackson scored the game’s first points with a two-handed slam after a steal and assist by sophomore LaQuawn Smith. […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panther pair gets second at state

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Cabot Panthers’ wrestling team finished 11th overall at the Arkansas High School State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center on the campus of UALR, and two Panther wrestlers left the tournament as state runner-up in their respective weight classes. As a team, Cabot totaled 107.5 points, which was one point behind […]

SPORTS STORY >> Badger medalist is a lady

Beebe sophomore Destiny Nunez earned the third-place medal for the 106-pound weight class after she won an 11-8 decision over Greenbrier’s Tyler Hardin, who had a 23-12 record going into the match. “Destiny, she’s the only girl that medaled,” said Beebe coach David Payne. “To be an All-State wrestler as a female in a male-dominated sport, that’s impressive. She’s a […]

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe puts eight in finals

By GRAHAM POWELLLeader sportswriter The Beebe Badgers’ wrestling team finished sixth overall in the class 1A-5A division at the Arkansas High School State Wrestling Tournament on Saturday at UALR’s Jack Stephens Center. Beebe’s 155 team points was half a point shy of tying Little Rock Christian for fifth place in the team standings. Maumelle all but dominated the competition on […]