TOP STORY >> Girl survives as tree falls on bed

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Winds hitting at least 75 miles an hour rushed through the Sherwood-Jacksonville-Cabot area Friday afternoon dropped a massive tree on a the corner bedroom of a house at 405 Graham. Penny Balogh’s 12-year-old daughter, Becca, was in the corner bedroom of the house when the tree came tumbling down literally cutting the house in […]

TOP STORY >> Liquor laws may change in Arkansas

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Jacksonville and Sherwood may not need their wet-dry petition signatures if a constitutional amendment to make the entire state wet splashes onto the November ballot and passes. The Jacksonville and Sherwood chambers of commerce support the statewide effort that would expand alcohol sales to every county and negate the need for their own petition […]

TOP STORY >> D-Day 70th anniversary

By STAFF SGT. JESSICA CONDIT  19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Honor. Valor. Bravery. D-Day evokes images of men storming the beaches and paratroopers piercing the skies. Without the efforts made by allied air forces, D-Day would not have been possible. On June 6, 1944, several squadrons that would later be assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base participated in one […]

SPORTS STORY >> Centennial Red vanquishes two foes

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Cabot Red junior American Legion team won three-straight home games this week. On Tuesday, the Centennial Bank team got a mercy-rule win over Jacksonville by hammering the Gwatney Chevrolet juniors 13-3 in five innings, and on Thursday, Cabot beat the Sylvan Hills juniors in a doubleheader. Cabot narrowly won the first game 8-7, but […]

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe earns its first win

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor The Beebe junior American Legion team got its first win of the season in the first round of the Jacksonville Junior Invitational on Thursday at Dupree Park. Beebe beat the Searcy Silverbacks 10-8 after falling behind 8-0 in the first two innings. Searcy scored five runs in the opening inning and added three more […]

SPORTS STORY >> New JHS coach is coming full circle

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor New Jacksonville football coach Barry Hickingbotham met with players and coaches for the first time on Friday, getting started on the tenure he said he’s been aiming for since getting into coaching in 2002. “I can remember sitting in the coaches’ office at what’s the middle school now, sitting with coach Eugene Stuckey my […]

SPORTS STORY >> Huge third lifts Cabot past rival

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Cabot senior American Legion team put together a seven run two-out rally in the third inning Tuesday against the Gwatney Chevrolet seniors of Jacksonville, and the Centennial Bank squad was able to hold on late to beat the Chevy Boys 10-9 at the Cabot High School Baseball Complex. There was plenty of offense on […]