SPORTS STORY >> Red Devils drop to 0-3 with home loss to LRCA

By ANN THARP  Special to The Leader The Jacksonville Red Devils hosted the Little Rock Christian Academy Warriors Friday night at Jan Crow Stadium in the final nonconference game of the season. For the second week, the Red Devils could not get going offensively in the first half, and were defeated by the Warriors 49-13. Jacksonville (0-3) had 233 yards […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Falcons win rivalry match

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Beating Sylvan Hills is always a highlight for North Pulaski’s volleyball team, but Tuesday’s 3-1 Lady Falcon win over the rival Lady Bears was a mild upset, and carried special significance for a NPHS squad with only nine players and no junior varsity. Six players from last year’s NP team transferred to Sylvan Hills […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lions’ size, speed beats Jackrabbits

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Another huge opposing line and at least equal speed was enough to hand the Lonoke Jackrabbits their first loss of the season Friday at James B. Abraham Stadium. The McClellan Crimson Lions overpowered the Jackrabbits, especially the defensive line, and had enough speed to counter Lonoke’s strength and prevail 32-16. “That size finally caught […]

SPORTS STORY >> Cabot cruises against J.A. Fair

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter Cabot’s final nonconference game of the season went as expected against struggling J.A. Fair, as the Panthers jumped out to a 42-point lead by halftime and coasted to a 42-6 mercy-rule win Friday night at Panther Stadium. The winless War Eagles (0-3) struggled from the moment the ball was kicked off, but did manage to […]

EDITORIAL >> North Metro heads south

North Metro Medical Center in Jacksonville is in turmoil after two of its top administrators resigned when its Louisiana owners reinstated a doctor who was believed to be drunk on the job. State Rep. Joe Farrer (R-Austin) stepped down last week as the struggling hospital’s chief executive officer after he demanded the resignation of Dr. Tracy Phillips for allegedly drinking […]

TOP STORY>> Scholars program is phased out

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer Some parents of children who live in the Jacksonville-North Pulaski School Dist-rict are upset that their students will not be able to enter, continue or graduate from Pulaski County Special School District’s Scholars Program when JNP splits completely from PCSSD after this school year. While PCSSD would welcome those students and the state minimum […]

TOP STORY>> Cabot outscores PCSSD on test

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Cabot first graders are slightly above average and Pulaski County Special School District first graders fall below average, according to the Iowa Test of Basics the student took at the end of last year. Districts are still waiting for the results of the first-ever online PARCC exam, which replaced the Benchmark exam, but has […]

TOP STORY>> Lonoke could allow backyard chickens

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer Are chickens coming back to Lonoke? Maybe, but not yet. The city council voted Monday night to have City Attorney Ginger Stuart draft an ordinance for the council to discuss and vote on at the October meeting. But the decision was not without concern and disagreement. Alderman Woody Evans who was adamantly against the idea […]

TOP STORY>> Liquor drive to get reboot

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer The Downtown Jacksonville Business Association is interested in taking over the wet-dry petition drive, if the chamber of commerce doesn’t mind. The new group, about 14 people, met at The Game Store at 915 W. Main St. on Monday for a third brainstorming session on how to revitalize Main Street. Mayor Gary Fletcher said […]

TOP STORY >> Base always on missions, target same

By GARRICK FELDMAN Leader executive editor Col. Charles E. Brown, Jr., commander of the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base, drove last week to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., for a total-force symposium. The 19th AW is part of Air Mobility Command, which is headquartered at Scott. The 18th Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. Thomas Sharpy, hosted […]