SPORTS STORY >> Lonoke ladies escape from Carlisle

By GRAHAM POWELL  Leader sportswriter Tuesday night’s Lonoke County matchup between Lonoke and Carlisle was a battle from start to finish and a game of runs, but Lonoke had the final run of the night, and as a result, the Lady Jackrabbits beat Carlisle 65-55 at Bison Arena. Carlisle (0-1) led 41-37 at the start of the fourth quarter, and […]

SPORTS STROY >> Cabot falls off in fourth to Conway

By RAY BENTON Leader sports editor Cabot and Conway went toe-to-toe for three quarters, but the fourth belonged to the Lady Wampus Cats. The Cabot girls’ basketball team didn’t make a shot from the floor for more than six minutes in the fourth quarter as Conway went on to a 57-48 victory in the semifinals of the Heavenly Hoops Classic […]

SPORTS STORY >> Ex-Devil rising up at U of A

By NATE ALLEN Special to The Leader FAYETTEVILLE – Nobody on the Arkansas Razorbacks’ defense plays any bigger than its littlest man. At 6-0, 175, and that’s about 20 pounds up from him first walking on out of Jacksonville, third-year sophomore nickel back Kevin Richardson not only is Arkansas’ littlest defensive man but was the only defensive man that Arkansas […]

SPORTS STORY >> Rebels roll through Panthers

By RAY BENTON  Leader sports editor An illegal procedure penalty against Cabot before the first snap of the game was an early sign of things to come. Mistakes in every facet of the game played a big role, and Fort Smith Southside’s defensive line played one as well as the Rebels whipped the Panthers 35-25 Friday in the quarterfinals of […]

TOP STORY >> Women charged with prostitution

By SARAH CAMPBELL Leader staff writer Four women were arrested between Nov. 9 and 18 in Jacksonville for prostitution, while another woman was cited in the undercover sting for allegedly running an escort service out of her home. Charged with a misdemeanor count each of prostitution are Kayla Edmond, 23, of Hot Springs; Lois Chavez, 25, of Vilonia; Krystal Gilbert, […]

TOP STORY >> Thanksgiving meals slated

Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Jacksonville will hold a free Thanksgiving dinner from noon until 4 p.m. Thursday. The event is open to everyone and will be held in the church’s new Curtis A. Green Community Life Center at 1026 Ray Road. The menu includes turkey, dressing, gravy, chicken, collard greens, candied yams, corn, sweet potato pies, pecan pies, peach […]

TOP STORY >> Jacksonville must trim budget

By RICK KRON Leader staff writer “It’s tight,” is how Jacksonville Mayor Gary Fletcher described the preliminary draft of the city’s 2016 budget. Without raises or purchasing any new police vehicles, the $20 million general fund’s expenditures are still about $200,000 above projected revenues, he said. “We’ve got some more trimming to do,” the mayor continued, adding that he also […]