SPORTS STORY >> Bost tells Chamber: Wanted to play best

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Lonoke Chamber of Commerce hosted Lonoke’s high school and junior high head football coaches at Thursday’s luncheon at the historic Lonoke Depot, and LHS head coach Doug Bost says his team is excited after a strong summer of working out against some of the most talented teams in the state. Before mentioning the high […]

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils still learning to play hard 48 minutes

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Jacksonville football coach Barry Hickingbotham believes he and his staff are getting closer to finding where players are going to fit in, but isn’t ready to start naming names for starting positions after one week of preseason practice. “We’re still a couple weeks out from anything like that,” said Hickingbotham. “I’ve preached this all […]

SPORTS STORY >> Bears filling up defensive holes

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Steady as she goes is the story after a week of football practices for Sylvan Hills. The Bears have 65 players out and practices have been divided between varsity and junior varsity. “We do one long practice with everybody and then break them up,” said Sylvan Hills coach Jim Withrow. “One group will lift […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers are searching for starters

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Energy has been high during the first week of preseason practice at Cabot High School, but progress is taking a bit longer than it has the last couple of seasons. The main reason for the slow progress is all the inexperience that will be relied upon this season. Cabot returns just three starters on […]

EDITORIAL >> Benchmark: Plus, minus

The Leader has just finished running a three-part series taking an in-depth look at Benchmark scores, and, though there is some good news in the recently released information from the state, there are also disturbing trends. These disturbing trends should be the concern of the state, community, districts and students’ families. The state-mandated Benchmark exams fulfill the federal requirements of […]

TOP STORY >> Whit Davis embraces Sherwood

By SARAH CAMPBELL  Leader staff writer Whit Davis Lumber Plus broke ground on Wednesday for its new $1.5 million, 11,000-square-foot store that will be built at 9000 Brockington Road in Sherwood. Company president Terry Toney said at the groundbreaking ceremony, “It’s a very exciting day for Whit Davis.” He told The Leader that construction would start in a few days. […]

TOP STORY >> New district to get push at meeting on Monday

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Education Corps — the group advocating for a standalone Jacksonville/North Pulaski school district — will host its first town-hall meeting about the Sept. 16 election at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the community center, 5 Municipal Drive. The election will ask voters to approve of detaching from the Pulaski County Special School District. In anticipation […]

TOP STORY >> Freshman Academy set to open

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer The Cabot School District’s newest building, the Freshman Academy for ninth graders, is set to open the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 18. Many students who picked up their schedule with their parents were wide-eyed and opened- mouthed as they walked into the school. The $22 million Freshman Academy will have 800 students. […]