TOP STORY >> New Sherwood library step closer

By RICK KRON   Leader staff writer Sherwood will have $3.9 million to actually build its new library and close to $1 million to purchase the four to six acres needed for the facility, according to Bobby Roberts, director of the Central Arkansas Library System. Roberts made the announcement at an organizational meeting of the land selection committee Monday night […]

TOP STORY >> Dividing assets by Jacksonville, PCSSD expected

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer Jacksonville-North Pulaski and PCSSD may settle the division of assets and liabilities in time for consideration when U.S. District Judge D. Price Marshall holds his status hearing on Aug. 21, PCSSD attorney Allen Roberts told the judge Tuesday. Meanwhile, Joshua Intervenors’ lawyer John Walker told Marshall that the minority group won’t support the […]

TOP STORY >> Mom upset over reckless driving

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer At Monday’s Cabot City Council meeting, a mother asked that neighborhoods be made safer after describing how a 16-year-old driver “joy riding” nearly struck her three children in front of their home. Also, an ordinance lifting the ban on fireworks was read for a second time. It must be read a third time before […]

EDITORIAL >> Jack McNally fraud, thief

Jack McNally, the disgraced former Lonoke County assessor, was arrested for fraud last week after a lengthy investigation that began long before last May’s Republican primary in which he was defeated by Jerrell Maxwell after two terms. McNally snuck into office with few credentials by running as a Republican when the party cleared out Democrats from nearly all county offices. […]

SPORTS STORY >> Bears fall in semis to defending champs

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor HARRISON – Sylvan Hills’ run in the 5A baseball tournament came to an end Saturday just one game away from playing for a state championship. The Bears fell 10-4 to defending state champion White Hall after building a 3-0 lead in the first two innings. The Bulldogs, the No. 4 seed from the 5A-South, […]

SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils get upset by host of tournament

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor HARRISON – The senior heavy Jacksonville Red Devils entered the 5A state baseball tournament as one of the favorites and with hopes of winning a second state championship in four years. But that was hope was burst against an even more senior-heavy team and tournament host Harrison. The Goblins scored all of its runs […]

SPORTS STORY >> CHS ladies dominate state MOC

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot girls’ track team got a modicum of revenge Saturday in Russellville, where the Lady Panthers dominated the Arkansas High School Meet of Champions. The Lady Panthers lost the 7A state championship by a half point to Bentonville the week before, but outscored the Lady Tigers 92-46 on Saturday, easily beating the rest […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot brushes off Van Buren, earns title bid

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter ROGERS – A two-hitter by Cabot junior Kaitlyn Felder and a Rachel Allgood home run helped catapult the Lady Panthers to a 4-0 win over Van Buren in the semifinals of the Class 7A state softball tournament Saturday at Veterans Park. The win sets up a third meeting this season with North Little Rock in […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers Bogle bound

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter On Friday morning at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, the Cabot High School softball team will look to do something the program’s never done before, and that’s win a state championship. In order to achieve that goal, the Lady Panthers will have to knock off the defending two-time Class 7A state champion North Little Rock Lady […]