SPORTS STORY >> Hog fans should temper expectations

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter For the second week in a row, the Arkansas Razorbacks disappointed on the gridiron, but considering the team lost to Toledo in the first of these two disappointing weeks, Saturday’s 35-24 loss to old Southwest Conference rival Texas Tech didn’t come as a surprise. The bulk of Arkansas’ problems Saturday didn’t come on offense, as […]

SPORTS STORY >> Badgers fighting through injuries

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor Beebe hosts McClellan in another important matchup. This game could be described as being a matchup of two teams going in opposite directions. McClellan has been impressive this year in blowing out Sheridan, battling hard with Bryant in a tough loss, and defeating Lonoke last week, a team that beat Beebe the week before. […]

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Falcons roll through Jacksonville

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The North Pulaski volleyball team successfully conquered its second big rival of the week last Thursday when it defeated Jacksonville 3-0 at the Falcons’ Nest. Thursday’s win followed a 3-1 victory over Sylvan Hills on Tuesday, and put the Lady Falcons in position to play for a share of the lead in the 5A-Central […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers concerned about winless Charging Wildcats

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot Panthers open 7A/6A-East Conference play with a visit to the brand new Charging Wildcat Stadium on Friday. On paper, the game seems to have lost some of the luster its had in recent years, when these two teams were among the elite in the state. This week’s matchup features 3-0 Cabot visiting […]

EDITORIAL >> Sore spots for JNPSD

It’s inevitable, this divergence of interests among groups in the new school district. Essentially everyone in the Jacksonville-North Pulaski County area was in favor of a stand-alone school district when it was a simple, binary proposition. Resolved: We support a Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District — Yes or No. In the face of decades of neglect, 95 percent voted yes. When […]

TOP STORY >> Church celebrating 165 years

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer “There’s a love in this church, a love and a caring between people,” Carolyn Gray says of First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville — the city’s oldest congregation, which celebrated its vibrant history with a recent homecoming and revivals. Several the church’s longtime members shared their memories with The Leader last week, following the […]

TOP STORY >> District planning new high school opening in 2019

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District’s new high school should open for the 2019-20 school year. The question is where. A new elementary school, replacing Arnold Drive and Tolleson elementary schools, should be ready for business at the same time, and district officials know where that school will be — on Little Rock Air […]