TOP STORY >> Wedding bells at Reed’s Bridge

By JEFFREY SMITH Leader staff writer Reed Bridge Battlefield Park in Jacksonville is best known for its Civil War history and re-enactments, but on Saturday it was the site of a wedding. Naomi Hawn of Jacksonville, a UALR nursing student, and Senior Airman Ryan Verge of Sherwood, a mechanic with the 19th Airlift Wing at the Little Rock Air Force […]

TOP STORY >> Killer at our front door

By GARRICK FELDMAN  Leader editor-in-chief Arron Lewis stood near the front door at The Leader one evening last month, and he knocked on the big glass window when he realized the door was locked. He said he wanted a job application, but I wouldn’t open the door for him. He looked like someone who might have escaped from prison or […]

TOP STORY >> Candidates take jabs in debate

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer The Jacksonville mayoral debate that began cordially Tuesday with praise for those who worked to form a standalone school district devolved briefly into a clash between District Judge Robert Batton, candidate Gary Sipes and some in the audience. But moderator Pat O’Brien — a Jacksonville native, an attorney, a former Pulaski County clerk and […]

EDITORIAL >> Feisty debate in Jacksonville

Last night’s debate at the Jacksonville Community Center between Mayor Gary Fletcher and his opponent, former Police Chief Gary Sipes, revealed the tensions that have been brewing in this race since the day Sipes resigned to run against his old boss. It was a hard-hitting debate with the the candidates’ supporters sitting on separate sides of the auditorium. The place […]

SPORTS STORY >> Easy homecoming win

By ANN THARP  Special to The Leader The Lonoke Jackrabbits celebrated homecoming with a 40-6 victory over the Southside Batesville Southerners Friday night at James B. Abraham Stadium. The Jackrabbits were leading 20-0 at the half when the weather struck, and a 65-minute delay occurred. When the game resumed, Lonoke (2-4, 1-2) doubled its score in the second half, and […]

SPORTS STORY >> Bears pressed hard by Devils

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Certain pundits said it would be a mercy rule. If they’d have bet winner vs. loser, they would’ve been right. If they had bet the line, they would’ve lost the house. The third-ranked Sylvan Hills Bears got out of Jan Crow Stadium with their lives Saturday night, escaping the 1-4 Jacksonville Red Devils with […]

SPORTS STORY >> Win at Central is vital for CHS

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter The Cabot Panthers will look to extend their 7A/6A-East Conference winning streak to three games Friday when they travel to Quigley-Cox Stadium in Little Rock to take on the Central High Tigers in a 7 p.m. kickoff. Little Rock Central (3-3, 2-1) and Cabot (4-2, 2-1) are each coming off big week-six wins. The Panthers […]

SPORTS STORY >> Falcons dominate War Eagles

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor It took three days more than expected, but the North Pulaski Falcons put an end to their 24-game losing streak on Monday, beating J.A. Fair 27-8 with a dominant performance. The game was halted just 30 seconds into the second quarter because of lightning, and resumed at 7 p.m. Monday with the Falcons leading […]