SPORTS STORY >> Sylvan Hills ladies make historic win

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Sylvan Hills girls’ soccer team made school history this week in the class 5A state tournament. The Lady Bears beat White Hall 1-0 on Thursday and Morrilton 3-0 on Friday to become the first SHHS soccer team, boys or girls, to advance to the semifinals of the state tournament. “We are just overjoyed,” […]

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe badgered by Airedalettes

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter It took eight innings, but Alma found a way to upset Beebe in the first round of the class 5A state softball tournament Friday at Dupree Park in Jacksonville, as the Airedalettes beat the Lady Badgers by the final score of 2-1. Beebe, the No. 2 East seed, scored the game’s first run in the […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Bears take win in first round

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter In the opening round of the class 5A state softball tournament Friday at Jacksonville’s Dupree Park, Sylvan Hills senior Michelle Sorensen pitched a complete game shutout and scored the game’s only run to lead the Lady Bears to a 1-0 victory over Watson Chapel. Sorensen was dominant in the circle. She struck out nine Lady […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot in second round of 7A state

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter A two-run blast by Tristan Bulice and a strong performance on the mound by senior southpaw Kason Kimbrell helped Cabot beat Rogers Heritage 4-1 in the first round of the class 7A state baseball tournament Friday at North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Bulice’s home run put the Panthers on top 4-0 in the bottom of […]

SPORTS STORY >> Devils advance to next round

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Jacksonville baseball team blew a three-run lead in the seventh inning, but scored in the bottom half to beat Lakeside 7-6 in the first round of the class 5A state tournament at Dupree Park on Friday. The Red Devils went into the seventh with a 6-3 lead, but a two-run error by center […]

EDITORIAL >> What court rulings mean to Arkansas

The Arkansas Supreme Court, which found itself this week with a plate full of constitutional hash and no appetite, made the best it could of a rush of cases from the circuit courts of Pulaski County that had roiled the whole state. In the same-sex marriage and voter-identification suits, the seven justices, all but one of them elected, said, “Just […]

TOP STORY >> Beauty queen from Jacksonville

By SARAH CAMPBELL  Leader staff writer A Jacksonville native will compete for the Miss Plus America title at the national competition July 1-5 in Atlanta. Mary Gayden, 21, was crowned Miss Plus Arkansas this month. Her parents, who reached out to neighborhood kids when she was growing up here, inspired the pageant queen’s platform — determined interactive youth (DIY) mentorship. […]

TOP STORY >> High court stays ruling

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer The Arkansas Supreme Court granted a motion from the attorney general’s office to stay a Pulaski County judge’s ruling that overturned the state ban on same-sex marriage and then ordered county clerks to issue such licenses. Lonoke County had refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses even as Judge Chris Piazza on Thursday clarified his […]

TOP STORY >> Primary voting on Tuesday

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior staff writer In Tuesday’s statewide races, Lynette (Doc) Bryant will face Mike Ross in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, while Curtis Coleman and Asa Hutchinson compete for the Republican nomination. Most pundits expect Ross to face Hutchinson in November to succeed Gov. Mike Beebe. Three Republicans are competing to run against Democrat John Burkhalter for lieutenant […]