SPORTS STORY >> Bielema is on right track, Dan Hampton says

By NATE ALLENSpecial to The Leader FAYETTEVILLE – One of the Arkansas Razorbacks’ two NFL Hall of Famers endorsed Bret Bielema’s operation of the Razorbacks football program. Dan Hampton, the Jacksonville native and All-American defensive tackle from 1975-78 for the Arkansas Razorbacks, played under Frank Broyles for two years and Lou Holtz the last two. Hampton and Lance Alworth are […]

SPORTS STORY >> Devils dominate Mills

By GRAHAM POWELL Leader sportswriter Jacksonville got its second 5A-Central Conference win of the season in a big way Friday night in Little Rock, as the Red Devils dominated Mills University Studies from the start, beating the Comets 46-7. Last night’s win was the first for the Red Devils since beating J.A. Fair on Sept. 25. Jacksonville (2-6, 2-3) and […]

SPORTS STORY >> Panthers fight off collapse to ’Canes

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The Cabot Panthers got two non-offensive touchdowns and just enough defensive stops to win a wild game 62-53 over Jonesboro at Cooksey-Johns Stadium on Friday. The Cabot Panthers only thought they had the game under control when the fourth quarter began. At that point, Cabot held a 55-31 lead over the Jonesboro Hurricanes, but […]

SPORTS STORY >> Beebe boys take first in Central XC

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor The very first cross-country meet ever held at the Greens at North Hills in Sherwood was also Badger Gus McCoy’s first-ever conference championship. The junior Badger led a foursome of Beebe runners across the finish line to win the 5A-Central Conference meet, and help the Badger boys earn the team title on Thursday. On […]

SPORTS STORY >> Badgers upset Sylvan Hills

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Sylvan Hills answered Beebe’s opening touchdown drive and the game was tied 7-7 with 5:33 left in the first quarter, but the turnovers and penalties that have plagued the Bears in recent weeks began to appear, and the Badgers scored three unanswered touchdowns the rest of the half. The Bears tried to climb their […]

EDITORIAL >> Areas revisit wet-dry laws

The Lonoke County Quorum Court and Jacksonville officials in separate undertakings are hoping to do away with local alcohol restrictions that prohibit sales in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, except with a private-club license. And liquor stores are banned entirely. As with all prohibitions, the aim is to prevent or reduce use of a certain product, but what usually happens […]

TOP STORY >> Farmers hoping they’ll cut losses

By JOHN HOFHEIMER Leader senior staff writer “At best, this is a break-even year for our farmers,” Lonoke Extension Service Chief Agent Jeff Welch said Friday. “Several will retire or go out of business starting next year. The profits just weren’t there.” On top of that, he said, some bought new machinery during better times, and the note is another […]

TOP STORY >> 3 seek ASU-Beebe chancellor job

Dr. Charles L. Welch, Arkansas State University System president, said Friday that three candidates have been invited to the ASU-Beebe campus to interview for the position of chancellor. The three candidates are: • Dr. Michael L. DeLong, executive vice president and provost at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, who will visit Nov. 9-10. • Dr. Karla Fisher, vice […]

TOP STORY >> Kerr Station Rd. shut 60 days for drainage work

By JEFFREY SMITH  Leader staff writer A portion of Kerr Station Road near Hwy. 321 in Cabot is closed for 60 days for the completion of a drainage improvement project. Public Works director Brian Boroughs explained to The Leader on Friday that the city was awarded an $811,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Economic Development. Work on funding to […]