EDITORIAL >> Big potholes plague area

How bad are the potholes right now? “I’ve driven or been driven in Newton County, Belize, Mexico, Greece and Kathmandu, and the potholes on Hwy. 67/167 at Jacksonville are probably the worst I’ve seen,” Leader senior staff writer John Hofheimer said. Drivers were having enough trouble navigating the construction zones with plenty of lead-footed motorists. Now they are struggling to […]

EDITORIAL >> Give district all its money

Memo to: The Pulaski County Special School District. From: Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District patrons. The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District is completing its separation from the Pulaski County Special School District on schedule. An interim school board is in place, and school board elections will be held in September. The new district should become completely independent during the 2016-17 school year. […]

TOP STORY >> Crouch roasted in Cabot

By JEFFREY SMITH  Leader staff writer Retired FBI agent “Snacks,” aka Eugene Crouch, was interrogated at the Cabot Scholar-ship Foundation’s 20th Roast and Toast banquet on Tuesday. Eugene “Laddie” Crouch was a Cabot Junior High football coach. He was born in Helena and raised in nearby Lexa. He graduated from Barton High School in 1961. Crouch attended the University of […]

TOP STORY >> Guilty plea made in wife’s murder

By JEFFREY SMITH  Leader staff writer Former Lonoke County auxiliary sheriff’s deputy Charles Bryant was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a minor on Friday at Lonoke County Circuit Court for the December 2013 shooting of his wife, Sharae. Bryant, who is not eligible for parole, appeared before First Division […]

TOP STORY >> Severe potholes getting repaired

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer The northbound lanes of Hwy. 67/167 were closed down during Friday’s rush hour between Redmond Road and the Main Street overpass for emergency pothole repairs. Danny Straessle with the state Highway Department said vehicles were slowing down to 10 miles an hour in efforts to avoid or traverse the field of potholes in the […]

TOP STORY >> District not out of fiscal distress

By JOHN HOFHEIMER  Leader senior writer The Pulaski County Special School District, despite resolving 37 of the 38 issues for which it was placed in fiscal distress and taken over by the state in 2011, will remain under state control for a fifth and final year, the state Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday. The unresolved issue revolves around the […]